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Denmark's ties with the NSA are deeper than previously thought

Leaked NSA documents reveal Denmark is among the 33 countries collaborating with the NSA


Top-secret NSA file outlines the deal with 'Third Party' countries (Photo: The Intercept)

June 23, 2014
15:46

by Lawrence Shanahan


Famous whistle-blower Edward Snowden has leaked four new NSA documents that show how widespread the NSA’s influence has become, with over 30 countries contributing to the international surveillance effort.

Among these “Third-Parties”, as they’re referred to, are Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

They are all part of the RAMPART-A program, which is essentially a deal between between the NSA and foreign countries who “provide access to cable and host US equipment,” according to the leaked document.

Allowing the NSA to install surveillance devices on their fiber optic cables gives them access to phone calls, e-mails, internet chat and much more, according to The Intercept, an online news source started by Glenn Greenwald – the man who worked with Snowden on his original leak last year.

In exchange, these countries get cutting-edge surveillance technology for their own purposes.

The thirty-three eyes
The NSA has previously been known to work with the Five Eyes – US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – but this news reveals a further level of surveillance.

Denmark is a prime candidate for the NSA, as a lot of international traffic from Russia and Scandinavia comes through the network, Finnish F-Secure analyst Mikko Hyppönen explained in an interview with Information newspaper.  

"We are a country that is targeted by terrorists and also from others who do not have a positive agenda when it comes to the kingdom,” said Danish Defense Minister, Nicolai Wamman.

“Therefore, it is in Denmark's interest that our intelligence services co-operate with other countries' intelligence services," he continued, though he refused to comment specifically on the allegations, reports The Local Norway.

Snowden in Russia
Snowden is currently operating out of Russia, where he was given asylum last year.

He is still wanted by the US government for charges of espionage. 



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