A glimpse of SIGINT 20 years ago...

Anne & Lynn Wheeler lynn at garlic.com
Thu Jan 26 15:56:40 EST 2006

Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> This is a couple of weeks old, but it appears that, by accident, a lot
> of information on the targets and methods being used for
> US/Australian/NZ SIGINT about 20 years ago has come to light as the
> result of the release of a late New Zealand Prime Minister's papers.
> http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/print/0,1478,3540743a6005,00.html
> Among other things:
>    The report lists the Tangimoana station's targets in 1985-86 as
>    "French South Pacific civil, naval and military; French Antarctic
>    civil; Vietnamese diplomatic; North Korean diplomatic; Egyptian
>    diplomatic; Soviet merchant and scientific research shipping; Soviet
>    Antarctic civil. Soviet fisheries; Argentine naval; Non-Soviet
>    Antarctic civil; East German diplomatic; Japanese diplomatic;
>    Philippine diplomatic; South African Armed Forces; Laotian diplomatic
>    (and) UN diplomatic."
>    The station intercepted 165,174 messages from these targets, "an
>    increase of approximately 37,000 on the 84/85 figure. Reporting on the
>    Soviet target increased by 20% on the previous year".

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