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Visit Precis: Ambassador Roy Ferguson

This NSA briefing dated 22 March 2013 previews a forthcoming visit of the director of New Zealand’s Intelligence Coordination group to Fort Meade. The purpose of the visit was “to provide an update on legislation being proposed for the New Zealand Intelligence Community” which, the NSA document notes, “will include a strong oversight element”. The resignation of the GCSB’s deputy director as a consequence of the “Kim Dotcom incident” is also slated for discussion: see the Intercept article New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It, 15 September 2014.

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Turkey and the PKK

This post dated 20 December 2005, taken from the NSA’s internal newslatter Foreign Affairs Digest, describes the assistance rendered to Turkey against Kurdish nationalists, particularly the PKK, and describes the difficulties of reconciling this with US strategic interests in Iraq: see the Intercept article How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels, 31 August 2014.

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NSA’s Oldest Third Party SIGINT Partnership

This October 2005 article, taken from the internal NSA newsletter Foreign Affairs Digest, provides a brief history of the agency’s past and current relationship with its Turkish counterparts, which includes a staff of 40 NSA employees stationed in Ankara: see the Intercept article How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels, 31 August 2014.

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