December 10, 2013
ALONG THE ANGLOSPHERE:
Is Singapore Western Intelligence's sixth eye in Asia? (Murray Hunter, DECEMBER 09, 2013, Malaysia Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 10, 2013 5:27 PMThe largely Anglophile Singapore is an anomaly in Southeast Asia. It has staunch connections with the US and Israel, and a network of varied corporate interests all around the world. [...]In particular, Indonesia is very concerned that Singapore has been colluding with Australia and the United States with spying activities within Indonesia, recently calling the Singapore Ambassador to Jakarta for an explanation.The majority of Indonesia's international telephone and internet traffic is routed through Singapore, which leaves the country very vulnerable to Singapore's SIGINT programmes.Singapore has extensive military links with other nations of the "Western block" with air force squadrons based in France, the United States, and Australia. These relationships are also firmly embedded in the intelligence arena.The Singapore Special Branch, was the forerunner to the Security Intelligence Division under the Ministry of Defence (SID) and Internal Security Division (ISD) under the Home Ministry.The Special Branch was set up by the British, and later Singaporean operatives were trained by Australians who operated the old Kranji SIGINT listening post, before its closure in 1974. Due to historical reasons, both the SID and ISD have a strong anti-communist culture.The role of the SID is to gather and analyse intelligence related to the national security of Singapore. The SID has an external focus and undertakes clandestine activities like it did in supplying weapons to anti-communist fighters in Cambodia during the 1980s.
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