Global Five Eyes Spy System ‘Bigger Than Ever’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
04.08.2015

In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, the respected UK investigative reporter Duncan Campbell has said a western-led mass surveillance system developed in the 1960s is “bigger than ever, much more powerful and a critical component” of mass surveillance.

Duncan Campbell first exposed the ECHELON signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the Five Eyes partners —Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States in 1988.

ECHELON had been developed in the 1960s to intercept communications via satellites and was a vital tool in the Cold War. Its existence was kept secret for many years and Campbell was one of the first to expose its capabilities.

Speaking exclusively to Sputnik, he said:

“In terms of the western intelligence system, ECHELON is still there, much bigger than ever, much better than ever, much more powerful than ever and a critical component of the overall system.”

The importance of ECHELON had become obscured since the revelations by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden of mass surveillance program PRISM and Tempora, run by both the NSA and the UK communications agency GCHQ.

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