Tiny island has big ears

by Jan Ligthart

COCOS ISLANDS, 2 November 2013 - Even the smallest islands on earth seem to get caught up in the international NSA spying scandal. Indonesian naval and military communications are apparently intercepted by Australia’s spy agency through a secret radio listening post on the remote Cocos Islands. A station on tiny West Island houses radio monitoring and direction-finding equipment and a satellite ground station.

The facility is remotely operated from Defence headquarters in Canberra. The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that Australia, in collaboration with the US, is eavesdropping on the governments of Indonesia, China and other Asian countries through their embassies in these nations. According to experts some or all of the gathered data is redirected to Australia through the Cocos Islands.