Sept. 5, 2014
Telecommunications in Turkey and the entire Middle-East are being monitored from listening stations based on the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, a senior Turkish Cypriot lawyer has claimed.
Former Union of Bars head for Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) capital Lefkosa (Nicosia) and writer, Baris Mamali, warned that the island of Cyprus could be dragged into the wars in the Middle-East due to it being a listening post for a number of Western intelligence agencies including the CIA, the NSA, Mossad and MI6.
In his column published on Thursday by OdaTV, Mamali claimed that the British military air base in Akrotiri was not only hosting four fleets of war planes but also a large electronic intelligence facility in addition to specially designated areas for the storage of nuclear weapons. Mamali further claimed that a second British base in Dhekelia contains two intelligence stations in which intercepted information is deciphered and analyzed by a team of experts.
Mamali said that Britain controls at total of 31 fields for intelligence operations outside of the two official bases on the island, which were granted to Britain within the agreements of the 1960 convention, ending of 82 years of British colonial rule on in Cyprus. He added that Britain additionally maintains a dome-shaped facility on the Troodos mountains in the Greek Cypriot-controlled south for the gathering of military intelligence.