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Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Baishakh 9, 1422 BS, Rajab 2, 1436 Hijr

New Zealand spied for US in Bangladesh?(Part 2)
Published : Wednesday, 22 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 25

Staff Correspondent
Nonetheless, a New Zealand government source told the newspaper that Bangladesh is the main focus of one of the GCSB's four analysis sections, called ICT, and has been for over a decade.
ICT, the Transnational Issues section, was set up in April 2002 in the wake of the September 11 attacks to focus on terrorism threats.
The Bangladesh project appears to have begun in 2003, under New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, at a time when her government was receptive to US war-on-terror requests following refusal to join the invasion of Iraq.
The "NSA Relationship with New Zealand" document gives the starting date as 2004. But a NSA officer wrote a briefing paper about the GCSB in December 2003 that noted the GCSB was "contributing to the War on Terrorism by reporting on the activities of Islamic extremists in Asia and the Pacific region and specifically taking on Bangladesh and Burma."
Another intelligence document from 2009 gives detail on how the Bangladesh spying occurs. The document states that staff within a GCSB unit named "OCR", the Signals Intelligence Development Team, are involved in planning the surveillance. It appears the GCSB does not directly conduct the interception and instead uses surveillance equipment provided by an allied agency.
The 2009 document reveals that there is a special collection site in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, for eavesdropping on local communications. New Zealand does not have a High Commission or any other official building in Bangladesh in which to hide a covert listening post.
To be continued...

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