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Snowden-leaked documents reveal Australia, America accessing Indonesian telephone data

ANI  |  Sydney 

Former US intelligence contractor and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly disclosed fresh documents, revealing details of cooperation between the US National Security Agency and the Australian Signals Directorate in accessing Indonesian telephone data.

Top secret documents have exposed the Australian intelligence efforts to gain access to Indonesian's national communications systems.

According to a 2012 National Security Agency document, the Australian Signals Directorate accessed bulk call data from Indosat, Indonesia's domestic satellite telecommunications provider including data on Indonesian officials in various government ministries, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

A different document from 2013 revealed that the Australian Signals Directorate had acquired around 1.8 million encrypted master keys, used for protecting private communications from the Telkomsel mobile telephone network in Indonesia.

The document stated that the Australian electronic espionage agency successfully developed a way to decrypt almost all of them.

First Published: Sun, February 16 2014. 15:05 IST