GCHQ’s Middle East spy hub revealed

Wired.co.uk reports: It’s been alleged that GCHQ’s Middle East base, where it extracts communications information from regional undersea cables, is located in Seeb, a coastal village northeast of Muscat, Oman. This information has been concealed since August 2013, when details of the strategic operation were originally released by the Independent. The news surfaced around about the same time the UK government was piling the pressure on the Guardian over its Snowden leaks, pressure that culminated in the destruction of the paper’s hard drives storing that information. When Wired.co.uk asked Duncan Campbell — the investigative journalist behind the Register article revealing the Oman location — if he too had copies proving the allegations, he responded: “I won’t answer that question — given the conduct of the authorities.”

“I was able to look at some of the material provided in Britain to the Guardian by Edward Snowden last year,” Campbell, who is a forensic expert witness on communications data, tells us.

The timing of the release is obviously of note. The Register decided to detail the information on the one-year anniversary of Snowden’s initial revelations. This is despite “some media organisations” seemingly caving to government pressure and refusing to publish the Oman information. [Continue reading…]

Business Insider reports: Glenn Greenwald, who published the first stories based on Snowden’s documents in The Guardian, told Business Insider on Tuesday that Snowden has “no source relationship” with Campbell.

“Snowden has no source relationship with Duncan (who is a great journalist), and never provided documents to him directly or indirectly, as Snowden has made clear,” Greenwald said in an email. “I can engage in informed speculation about how Duncan got this document — it’s certainly a document that several people in the Guardian UK possessed — but how he got it is something only he can answer.”

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