Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New ATIP documents from CSE intranet

FVEYdocs.org has published some new material from the CSE intranet. (Previous material here.)

The newly released material, also obtained through the Access to Information Act, consists of 236 "Special Pages" from CSE's internal Wiki.

Unfortunately, although unsurprisingly, the pages are very heavily redacted. But there are still a lot of interesting small details left hiding among them.

And some of those bits are surprisingly familiar looking.

On page 181 of the documents, for example, there is the following description of the intercept site at Leitrim:
Canadian Forces Station Leitrim, located just south of Ottawa, is Canada's oldest operational signal intelligence collection station. Established by the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1941 as 1 Special Wireless Station and renamed Ottawa Wireless Station in 1949, CFS Leitrim acquired its current name when the Supplementary Radio system was created in 1966.
That passage is extremely familiar looking—at least to me—because I wrote that text (with a few more abbreviations) 20 years ago.

You can read it here in the 18 October 1996 copy of my Leitrim webpage at the Internet Archive:
CFS Leitrim, located just south of Ottawa, is Canada's oldest operating SIGINT station. Established by the RCCS in 1941 as 1 Special Wireless Station and renamed Ottawa Wireless Station in 1949, Leitrim acquired its current name when the SRS was created in 1966.
Nice to see that CSE has now "declassified" that information.


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