Norway’s Bogarting Court of Appeal has dismissed a request from Edward Snowden’s legal team for assurances that the NSA whistleblower wouldn’t be detained and extradited to the United States if he were to travel to Norway. The court decided that it could not rule on the matter because there is no standing extradition request from the United States, affirming the similar decision of a lower court this summer.
Denmark has confirmed that it allowed its airspace to be used for a US government jet, previously implicated in expedition operations, which was intended for Edward Snowden.
The US operation was first revealed in June 2014 when Duncan Campbell wrote that a private Gulfstream jet with tail number N977GA had taken off from an airport near Washington, on an unconventional flight path, on the same evening Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow. On arrival at Sheremetyevo Airport, Snowden found that his passport had been cancelled by the US Government, which resulted in his being forced to stay in the airport for 40 days until he was granted asylum in Russia.
This short extract from an April 2013 NSA document describes a “verbal agreement” between GCSB and NSA to proceed with the FROSTBITE / BASILHAYDEN project to infiltrate a Chinese diplomatic data link: see the New Zealand Herald article Leaked papers reveal NZ plan to spy on China for US, 19 April 2015.
These three short extracts from the 2013 Intelligence Community Budget Justification (“the Black Budget”) shows that Israel was seen as a counter-intelligence target: see the Intercept article Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents, 25 March 2015.
This extract from a 2012 NSA document detailing how different Five Eyes countries define their own nationals shows that the GCSB allowed itself the right to surveil the governments of the Cook Islands and Nuie “but not their citizens”: see the Sunday Star Times article Snowden files: Inside Waihopai’s domes, 8 March 2015.
This 24 May 2010 NSA presentation describes the ways the agency uses botnets (“bot herding”): see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
This 2011 CSEC presentation describes how the agency analysed SNOWGLOBE, which it considered “to be a state-sponsored CNO effort, put forth by a French intelligence agency”: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
These July 2009 documents provide a full list of the fibre-optic cables GCHQ had access to at that point, including details of location, bandwidth and corporate partners: see the Süddeutsche Zeitung article Snowden-Leaks: How Vodafone-Subsidiary Cable & Wireless Aided GCHQ’s Spying Efforts, 25 November 2014.