Southern Cross Cable telcos 'partnered' with spy agencies

Telcos and network providers on the main cable system connecting Australia and New Zealand to the United States provided interception capability to British and American spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Four global telcos and network providers operating on Southern Cross - BT, Vodafone, Level 3 and Global Crossing - are listed in the leaked documents under their codenames REMEDY, GERONTIC, LITTLE and PINNAGE respectively.

They are listed as providing IRU/LC (Indefeasible Rights of Use/Lit Capacity) capability, indicating that any interception by spy agencies take place at the providers themselves.
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