GCIS INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING: Australia and US sign secret satellite spy deal
ISSUED BY: GCIS Communications Command Center
SOURCE: The Age
GCIS INTELLIGENCE UPDATE: AUSTRALIA and the United States have begun a partnership to
External imageshare top-secret intelligence from spy satellites as Australia moves to acquire its own satellite to boost surveillance of Asia and the Pacific.
The secret agreement between Washington and Canberra provides for intensified co-operation and intelligence-sharing in the field of GEOINT - geospatial intelligence derived from imagery and other information obtained from surveillance satellites and reconnaissance aircraft.
The agreement, signed by the federal Labor government in February 2008, has been revealed in a secret US embassy cable obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age. (read full report)