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U.S. has surveillance facility in Taipei: report

ROC Central News Agency

2013/10/30 15:23:35

Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) The United States has maintained a surveillance facility in its representative office in Taipei, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) report.

A secret map released by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. had set up surveillance facilities in its embassies and consulates in a number of Asia-Pacific cities, the report said.

The cities identified were Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Yangon, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing.

The report, posted on the ABC website Wednesday, also quoted Des Ball, a veteran intelligence expert, as saying such operations were not unusual.

'The fact that the United States has special collection elements that are doing this today is no different from what many other countries are doing today. It's not unusual,' Ball said.

Ball further said Australia has played a role in America's intelligence networks by monitoring vast parts of the Asia-Pacific region through its own local listening posts and feeding information to the U.S.

He said the Australian Signals Directorate, an intelligence agency under Australia's Department of Defense, has been sharing information with the NSA.

The ABC report also quoted Ball as saying that Australia, the U.S., Britain, New Zealand and Canada have a longstanding 'five eyes' agreement on not spying on each other, and he believed that the pact has not been breached.

(By Hsiao Chien-yun and Sofia Wu)

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