New Zealand Espionage History
This is fascinating:
Among the personal papers bequeathed to the nation by former Prime Minister David Lange is a numbered copy of a top secret report from the organisation that runs the 'spy domes' at Waihopai and Tangimoana. It provides an unprecedented insight into how espionage was conducted 20 years ago.
Much of the GCSB's work involved translating and analysing communications intercepted by other agencies, "most of the raw traffic used ... (coming) from GCHQ/NSA sources", the British and US signals intelligence agencies.
Its report says "reporting on items of intelligence derived from South Pacific telex messages on satellite communications links was accelerated during the year.
"A total of 171 reports were published, covering the Solomons, Fiji, Tonga and international organisations operating in the Pacific. The raw traffic for this reporting provided by NSA the US National Security Agency)."
The GCSB also produced 238 intelligence reports on Japanese diplomatic cables, using "raw traffic from GCHQ/NSA sources". This was down from the previous year: "The Japanese government implementation of a new high grade cypher system seriously reduced the bureau's output." For French government communications, the GCSB "relied heavily on (British) GCHQ acquisition and forwarding of French Pacific satellite intercept".
The report lists the Tangimoana station's targets in 1985-86 as "French South Pacific civil, naval and military; French Antarctic civil; Vietnamese diplomatic; North Korean diplomatic; Egyptian diplomatic; Soviet merchant and scientific research shipping; Soviet Antarctic civil. Soviet fisheries; Argentine naval; Non-Soviet Antarctic civil; East German diplomatic; Japanese diplomatic; Philippine diplomatic; South African Armed Forces; Laotian diplomatic (and) UN diplomatic."
The station intercepted 165,174 messages from these targets, "an increase of approximately 37,000 on the 84/85 figure. Reporting on the Soviet target increased by 20% on the previous year".
Posted on January 25, 2006 at 12:58 PM • 30 Comments