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COMMENT: Russian president Vladimir Putin had an amusing, substantive comment about the obvious spook operation being conducted by Eddie “The Friendly Spook” Snowden, which we have compared with the U-2 Incident. Putin observed that the whole affair was “like shearing a piglet: all squealing and no wool.”
Since the bulk of this has not only been known for years, but has been covered by Mr. Emory in numerous broadcasts over the better part of two decades, the affair is obviously being conducted for propaganda purposes. The primary targets appear to be President Obama, the United States and the United Kingdom.
(This is not to say that there may be information on Snowden’s laptops and/or flashdrives that could damage U.S. and U.K. intelligence capabilities, but the information surfacing so far is the squealing of the piglet.)
The squealing reminds us of the famous scene from the movie “Casablanca,” in which Inspector Reynaud (played by Claude Rains) shuts down Rick’s Cafe because he was; “Shocked, shocked to learn that there is gambling going on in this establishment!” After he utters that line, the croupier approaches him and says; “Your winnings, sir.”
In our coverage of this affair, we have noted that other countries, including and especially Germany, do the same thing and that this, too, has been known for some time. (See text excerpts below.) Mr. Emory has covered this as well.
We note a number of points to be considered in the context of this “squealing piglet”:
- In the Der Spiegel article about NSA spying on EU offices, it is noted that the telephone system was manufactured by Siemens. Siemens is inextricably linked with German intelligence. It is the safest of bets that BND is tapping the phones, as well. As one of the German core corporations, Siemens is also part of the Bormann capital network and the Underground Reich. (See text excerpt below.)
- As noted in a German-Foreign-Policy.com post about Snowden’s Ride, German outrage about the imbroglio is “feigned.” (See text excerpt below.)
- Some of the most hysterical rhetoric has come from the French, who–as revealed in a Le Monde article–do exactly the same thing. (See text excerpt below.)
- European broad-based surveillance and metadata harvesting is at least equal to that of the United States. (See text excerpt below.)
EXCERPT: . . . .“Personally I’d prefer to keep out of such questions,” he said. “It’s like shearing a piglet: all squealing and no wool.” . . . .
EXCERPT: [Notice when this was published–9/6/2001.–D.E.] . . . The United States-led spying system known as Echelon can monitor virtually every communication in the world — by e-mail, phone or fax — that bounces off a satellite, the European Parliament was told. But in reporting on a yearlong study of the system that was prompted by concern that American companies were using data from the system to gain a competitive edge, Gerhard Schmid, a German member of the Parliament, said that many European countries had similar abilities . . .
EXCERPT: . . . . From the very beginning, the claims by the government and the BND of having had no idea about these NSA activities have only provoked a bored smile from specialists. “Experts have known that for a long time,” insists BND expert, Erich Schmidt-Eenboom. “The German government must long since have also known about it through BND evaluations and Studies by the Federal Office of Information Security (BSI).” The “uproar” in Berlin is, “feigned, in this question.“ . . .
. . . . He [historian Joseph Foschepoth] has found that in 1968, Bonn concluded a secret administrative agreement, which, based on agreements of the 1950s, had obligated the German government “to carry out surveillance of post and telecommunication for the Western victorious powers, or to allow them to carry out this surveillance themselves.” According to Foschepoth, this administrative agreement “remains unaltered in force, today.” This provides the legal basis for US military intelligence agencies to autonomously execute “surveillance of the post and telecommunication traffic” in Germany. . . .
EXCERPT: . . . A little over five years ago, security experts discovered that a number of odd, aborted phone calls had been made around a certain extension within the Justus Lipsius building, the headquarters of the European Council, the powerful body representing the leaders of the EU’s 27 member states. The calls were all made to numbers close to the one used as the remote servicing line of the Siemens telephone system used in the building. . . .
EXCERPT: France’s foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde.
The data is stored on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the DGSE intelligence service, the paper says.
The operation is “outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision”, Le Monde says.
Other French intelligence agencies allegedly access the data secretly.
It is not clear however whether the DGSE surveillance goes as far as Prism. So far French officials have not commented on Le Monde’s allegations.
The DGSE allegedly analyses the “metadata” — not the contents of e-mails and other communications, but the data revealing who is speaking to whom, when and where.
Connections inside France and between France and other countries are all monitored, Le Monde reports.
The paper alleges the data is being stored on three basement floors of the DGSE building in Paris. The secret service is the French equivalent of Britain’s MI6. . . .
The operation is designed, say experts, to uncover terrorist cells. But the scale of it means that “anyone can be spied on, any time”, Le Monde says. . . .
EXCERPT: Europe’s politicians are outraged about alleged US monitoring of EU telephone and computer communications. But when it comes to building and exporting spy equipment, few are as capable as Europe.
That much was evident last month when the world’s leading sellers of electronic surveillance technology gathered in Prague at the ISS World trade show.
Police and spy agency officials listened to closed-door presentations by a succession of European companies about their highly sophisticated internet and telephone communication interception wares.
Hacking Team, a Milan-based maker of eavesdropping software, demonstrated in Prague its remotely controlled spyware that can tap encrypted communications, Skype calls and instant messenger chats. The system also has audio and video capability, which allows police to spy using the target’s own webcam.
Munich-based Trovicor schooled agents on its “cell-based monitoring solution” to handle mass recordings while Gamma International, a UK-German company, demonstrated its controversial “FinFisher” spyware tool for remotely monitoring mobile phone communications.
At a time when European countries are loudly condemning the US and UK’s spying activities, Europe’s spy technology expertise is a potential source of embarrassment.
Privacy activists and politicians fear that, if left unregulated, sales of European surveillance technology could infringe human rights overseas, as well as damaging the cyber security of people in Europe. . . .
. . . .This means that more than 50 per cent of the almost $6bn a year market for off-the-shelf surveillance equipment – the kind favoured by nearly all governments except the US – is controlled by western European companies, according to Mr Lucas. . . .
. . . . In fact, it was James Clapper, US director of national intelligence, who told the US Senate in March that foreign governments had begun using surveillance technologies originally marketed for “lawful interception” to target US systems. . . .
EXCERPT: Between Friday night and Sunday morning, a massive deletion operation took place at the European Internet address register (RIPE) to scrub references to a cover used by Germany’s premier spy agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND.
The cleanup operation comes the night after Wikileaks revealed over two dozen covert BND networks provided by T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom). The IP addresses were assigned to an unregistered company at a Munich-based PO box linked to T-Systems.
T-Systems purged the RIPE database of all addresses exposed by Wikileaks, moving the addresses into a several giant anonymous “Class B” address pools.
The move comes just a few hours after T-Systems Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) contacted Wikileaks to demand removal of an internal T-Systems memo listing the BND cover addresses. Wikileaks refused and T-System did not respond to requests for further detail by the time of writing.
Yet an investigation into the addresses over the weekend reveals key information about the BND’s Internet activities. . . . .
Website references reveal that in 2006 numerous hosters of Internet websites complained about out of control “data mining” robots from two of the BND-linked IP addresses. One of the hosters ran a popular discussion forum on counter-terrorism operations.
The integrity and transparency of the RIPE system is not assisted by the T-Systems deletion. German citizens may wonder at the double standard. At a time when the population’s Internet addresses are being recorded by ISPs under laws derisively referred to as “Stasi 2.0″, the “real Stasi”—the BND, has had the largest telco in Germany scrub its addresses from the European record within 24 hours of their exposure.