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It's a prime site, a diplomat's dream. Is there any better location for an embassy than Berlin's Pariser Platz? It's just a few paces from here to the Reichstag. When the American ambassador steps out the door, he looks directly onto the Brandenburg Gate.
The secret list reveals that its agents are active worldwide in around 80 locations, 19 of which are in Europe -- cities such as Paris, Madrid, Rome, Prague and Geneva. The SCS maintains two bases in Germany, one in Berlin and another in Frankfurt. That alone is unusual. But in addition, both German bases are equipped at the highest level and staffed with active personnel
If the equipment is discovered, explains a "top secret" set of classified internal guidelines, it "would cause serious harm to relations between the United States and a foreign government."
From some embassies, the Americans have planted sensors in communications equipment of the respective host countries that are triggered by selected terms.
The map, which was initially published in full on Der Spiegel's website but subsequently replaced with a censored version, lists Special Collection Service facilities at 90 locations worldwide, including 74 manned facilities, 14 remotely operated facilities and two technical support centres.
The Athens facility is one of 19 such installations in Europe, according to the document, which is dated 13 August 2010.
A couple other things that's worth asking, is what information were they getting and what was it used for. Seems to me that it would be of great economic/business interest.
And even more pressing, is the question of whether or not this was all staged to make some type of overpowering change across the world. Maybe that's a little too tinfoily, but if the official story is what it is, I'm surprised a lone leaker could get the information out.
Furthermore, because of past deals with ally governments allowing them to spy on each other (Diplomat is synonym for spy, since the days of the first embassies), it makes you wonder if everyone already knew about it and this is just a big Shakespearean drama.
reply to post by BO XIAN
Wow a lot of nothing,
anyways, this is news for the people that pay their paychecks.
And I really don't think they know what all Snowden and Greenwald have up their Sleeves. Frankly, I am enjoying every last disclosure. The NSA needs knocked down a few notches. And every notch brings us closer to disbanding them entirely.
. . . I'd be circling the Embassy with trucks filled with Jamming equipment and putting out enough RF energy to fry the people inside!
reply to post by BO XIAN
Ah yes ......as per FDR, but the world was a smaller and more manageable place at the time of his remarks as well as having been made within the context of the times - i.e., the second world war and all that it entailed. Besides that - FDR was the man in the drivers seat so he could well afford to have made such a comment in that it was actually self referential - I think