Mass Data: Transfers from Germany Aid US Surveillance


Hubert Gude, Laura Poitras and Marcel Rosenbach
spiegel.de
August 6, 2013

German intelligence sends massive amounts of intercepted data to the NSA, according to documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden, which SPIEGEL has seen. The trans-Atlantic cooperation on technical matters is also much closer than first thought.

Agents with the United States National Security Agency (NSA) sometimes wax lyrical when they look back on their time in Germany — to the idyllic Chiemsee lake and the picturesque Bavarian town of Bad Aibling. Anyone who has received “a free beer at the club email” and knows “that leberk√§se is made of neither liver, nor cheese” can claim to be a real Bavaria veteran, former NSA employees write in a document called the “A Little Bad Aibling Nostalgia.”

The profession of love for the Bavarian lifestyle and the large surveillance base southeast of Munich is among the documents in the possession of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, some of which SPIEGEL has seen. The surveillance facility is known for its large “radomes,” giant golf ball-like structures which contain state-of-the-art surveillance technology. They were officially closed in September 2004.

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