NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ

gchq-logoNSA has been funding the UK’s largest intelligence agency to the tune of $100 million over the past three years…

Nick Hopkins and Julian Borger report for the Guardian.

Via The Guardian:

The US government has paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to secure access to and influence over Britain’s intelligence gathering programmes.

The top secret payments are set out in documents which make clear that the Americans expect a return on the investment, and that GCHQ has to work hard to meet their demands. “GCHQ must pull its weight and be seen to pull its weight,” a GCHQ strategy briefing said.

The funding underlines the closeness of the relationship between GCHQ and its US equivalent, the National Security Agency. But it will raise fears about the hold Washington has over the UK’s biggest and most important intelligence agency, and whether Britain’s dependency on the NSA has become too great.

In one revealing document from 2010, GCHQ acknowledged that the US had “raised a number of issues with regards to meeting NSA’s minimum expectations”. It said GCHQ “still remains short of the full NSA ask”.

Ministers have denied that GCHQ does the NSA’s “dirty work”, but in the documents GCHQ describes Britain’s surveillance laws and regulatory regime as a “selling point” for the Americans.

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  • Calypso_1

    That’s nothing. You should see Unit 8200’s investment in the NSA.

  • Reasor

    Who’s the colony now, heifers? Suck it, Limeys!

    Um, I mean, that’s terrible.

    • rtb61

      You do know that the US has laws that allow it’s intelligence agencies to break laws in other countries.
      So extrapolating that, you are aware that other countries have laws that allow their intelligence agencies to break laws in, say the US for example.
      Can you see where this is going yet.
      Basically US intelligence agencies are doing the slippery by paying foreign intelligence agencies to, well, basically break US laws and spy on Americans and pass the information back to the US because then those US intelligence agencies are not technically breaking the law, they are just witnessing some else breaking the law, although this is not legal, it is made legal by the US government choosing not to prosecute, hence all are no longer equal under the law, some are now exempt from it.
      You do realise how corrupt that truly is.
      Now where is that money actually going in the UK and how are the politicians of the day using it and is their a little bit of US skull duggery going on in the UK and who is getting the information gathered and what are they doing with it.

    • Bruteloop

      Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “chip on your shoulder” it seems…

  • BuzzCoastin

    I’m looking forward to the day
    when I’m paid to spy on myself

  • DrDavidKelly

    I’m curious … what is all this for? Where are the fruits of all this expense and effort?

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