Monday, May 25, 2009

Nicky Hager's Secret Power

Secret Power, Nicky Hager's fascinating book about New Zealand's role in the ECHELON spy network, is now online and free available. The book brings the story of the global SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) operations (call it spying or eavesdropping or whatever) by the New Zealand GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau), in close cooperation with the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries.

The information in the book is based on years of research and interviews with staff members of the GCSB and describes in detail who was targeted by ECHELON and how they did it. It also reveals details on the UKUSA agreement, which enables massive gathering and sharing of Signal Intelligence between the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Due to the combined SIGINT operations of the UKUSA countries, Hager's investigations provide an insight view, not only in GCSB's kitchen, but also in Britain's GCHQ, the American NSA and the Australian DSD. Hager was one of the first to bring out information on the ECHELON project. A truly fascinating book. Don't miss it!

You can view or download the complete e-book on his website. Just right-click the "Full Book" link (at the top of the page) and select "save target as...". It's a 22Mb file containing 301 great pages! More info on my Book Review page. For some other history on the GCSB, check out this previous post.

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