> Stuart Millar, Richard Norton-Taylor and Ian Black
> Saturday May 26, 2001
> The Guardian
> MEPs confirm eavesdropping by Echelon electronic network.
> For years it has been the subject of bitter controversy, its
> repeatedly claimed but never officially acknowledged. At last, the
> leaked draft of a report to be published next week by the European
> parliament removes any lingering doubt: Echelon, a shadowy, US-led
> worldwide electronic spying network, is a reality.
> Echelon is part of an Anglo-Saxon club set up by secret treaty in
> 1947, whereby the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand,
> the world between them to share the product of global eavesdropping.
> Agencies from the five countries exchange intercepts using
> supercomputers to identify key words.
> The intercepts are picked up by ground stations, including the US
> at Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire, and GCHQ's listening post at
> Morwenstow in Cornwall.
============ Looks like the EU gave the Federation of American Scientists a preliminary copy... < http://fas.org/irp/program/process/europarl_draft.pdf >