Israel: Base in the Negev desert among most powerful intelligence gathering sites in the world


Base in the Negev desert among most powerful intelligence gathering sites in the world (Le Monde Diplomatique, link) by Nicky Hager, a journalist in New Zealand who uncovered the Echelon intelligence network. According to Hager: "The base, hidden until now, has rows of satellite dishes that covertly intercept phone calls, emails and other communications from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia… Images of the base show 30 listening antennas, making Urim one of the largest signals intelligence bases in the world. The only comparable-sized station is a US facility at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, UK."

 

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