Australian spy agencies central to NSA’s “pivot to Asia”

Revelations last week that Australian diplomatic missions throughout Asia function as electronic listening posts for the US National Security Agency (NSA) have exposed the extraordinary degree to which the Australian state apparatus is completely integrated into America’s vast, illegal global spying operations.

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has established a string of covert facilities inside Australian diplomatic posts designed to harvest phone calls and electronic data, as part of an NSA program codenamed STATEROOM. The countries targeted include China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.