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NSA Intelligence Relationship with Germany – Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND)

This internal NSA briefing dated 17 January 2013 describes the current state of the US-German intelligence relationship and mentions that “The BND has been working to influence the German Government to relax interpretation of the privacy laws over the long term to provide greater opportunity for intelligence sharing”: see the Der Spiegel article New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden’s Germany File, 18 June 2014.

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UK and Swedish involvement in Quantum

This internal NSA document from April 2013 provides a progress report on projects where the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) strategy involves a foreign partner. A paragraph on Sweden indicates that GCHQ’s participation in Quantum malware operations “may be in jeopardy” but that making the project a joint US-Swedish one has been “NSA’s goal all along”: see the SVT article FRA part of top-secret hacker project, 11 December 2013.

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Collection, Processing and Dissemination of Allied Communications

Extracts from a 2005 draft directive from the NSA’s director of signals intelligence reveal that, contrary to the “common understanding” that the a no-spying agreement existed between members of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance (comprising the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), the NSA reserved the right to target allies unilaterally in certain circumstances: see the Guardian article US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to ‘unmask’ Britons’ personal data, 20 November 2013.

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