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article imageLatest Snowden release 'shows' NSA complicity in Gaza attacks

By Anne Sewell     Aug 4, 2014 in World
The latest release of documents gleaned from Edward Showden apparently shows the role of the NSA and foreign signals intelligence in the targeting of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Glenn Greenwald has revealed that US, Canadian, British, Israeli and Jordanian signals intelligence were shared in order to target Palestinians, including those in Gaza.
The release of this information was contained in an exclusive dispatch, published Monday morning on The Intercept. From the archives of top-secret documents provided by Snowden, the document reveals how the NSA provided financial assistance, along with weaponry and signals intelligence to Israel. This enabled the IDF to attack Palestinians, including those located in Gaza.
One particular document, dated April 13, 2013, speaks of how the “NSA maintains a far-reaching technical and analytic relationship with the Israeli SIGINT National Uni sharing information on access, intercept, targeting, language, analysis and reporting.”
Coinciding with the 2009 "Cast Lead" Israeli attack on Gaza, another document shows the cooperative effort, code named “YESTERNIGHT” by the NSA, GCHQ and the ISNU. This co-operative surveillance-sharing effort ended with more than 1,000 people dead in the "Cast Lead" assault.
Greenwald states in his dispatch, “The new Snowden documents illustrate a crucial fact: Israeli aggression would be impossible without the constant, lavish support and protection of the US government, which is anything but a neutral, peace-brokering party in these attacks. And the relationship between the NSA and its partners on the one hand, and the Israeli spying agency on the other, is at the center of that enabling.”
On top of this, the latest documents also reveal one or possibly more payments of $500,000 in cash by the Department of Defense, signed for by Israeli operatives. This document can be viewed on the Intercept website complete with spelling errors.
Greenwald states that a dedicated line “between NSA and ISNU [that] supports the exchange of raw material, as well as daily analytic and technical correspondence” also offered expanded surveillance collaborations among the NSA, ISNU, GCHQ, the Canadian spy agency CSEC, the Jordanian Monarchy and the Palestinian Authority Security Forces.
Greenwald then speaks of how "American media figures pretend that the Israeli attack has nothing to do with their country, that it’s just some sort of unfortunately intractable, distant conflict between two equally intransigent foreign parties in response to which all decent Americans helplessly throw up their hands as though they bear no responsibility," which apparently could not be further from the truth.
A video, included above, speaks of the close cooperation between the parties concerned.
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