Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

ECHELON Australia

24 May 1999. Thanks to Sunday/Nine Network. Source:

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From the Office of the Director Building M Russell Offices Canberra ACT 2600


Mr Ross Coulthart Reporter - SUNDAY Program Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd 24 Artamon Road WILLOUGHBY NSW 2068

Dear Mr. Coulthart

As we discussed I am not able to respond to all of the detailed points in your questions, because to do so would compromise classified aspects of DSD's operations. However, the following points are provided in response to those elements of your questions which deal with DSD's role and functions and the privacy of Australian citizens.

DSD's purpose is to support Australian Government decision-makers and the Australian Defence Force with high-quality signals intelligence products and services. DSD makes Government and defence policy more certain and more effective by providing important information that is not available from open sources. DSD also directly contributes to the military effectiveness of the ADF, and provides information security services to ensure that sensitive electronic information systems are not susceptible to unauthorized access, compromise or disruption.