27 September 1998
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Date: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 20:38:33 EDT To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: izvestia From 'Izvestia' ('News') newspaper, September 25. SCANDALOUS "ECHELON" By Elmar Gusseinov The whole modern world satellite network is being listened by American electronic investigation (systems belonged to intelligent service). There are intercepted almost all private and State voice, fax and email messages. Obtained information is used, first of all, in interests of economic espionage. This sensational claim is made by the specialists of the Committee for the basic trends of scientific and technological development of Euro Parliament. If this information is confirmed in nearest future, it will be the cause of grand scandal between the governments of Old and New world. 'Echelon' is the name of the system of electronic listening. Every month it intercepts about 100 million of the messages transmitted via the Intelsat satellites and other satellite networks. As the president of the Committee Mr. Allen Pompidou assures, location stations, which are listening the messages, are placed in American military bases in Germany, New Zealand, Australia, GB and in the USA. The largest location station is being in Menwitt Hill, GB. 1400 American engineers, linguists, programmers are employed there. As European experts think, creation of 'Echelon' is the initiative of NSA and this work is being preformed since about 1980. Radio location systems 'F83' are used for such a listening. The system 'Echelon' is based on filtering of information by the use of key words. The final analysis is performed in the head office of NSA in the USA. 80% of obtained information are used for industrial espionage. Due to Mr. Pompidou statement, among the key words set, there are the names of 500 largest French commercial and military firms. It seems, this information is being used by the UK services also. Some members of the French parliaments have sent an official Request to own government in attempts to know the government's position on operation of the 'Echelon' operation. French officials inform that the operation of 'Echelon' is a subject of concern to the French government. Despite a series of human rights broken by operation of 'Echelon', formally, there are no international laws forbidding non-authorized penetration inside the satellite nets.