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Conspiracy theorists, O'Malley and Craig, vindicated ?

Reader comment on item: The Cyprus Conspiracy: America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion

Submitted by Justice for Cyprus (Australia), Nov 10, 2013 at 12:18

Cyprus: the home of British/American Internet surveillance in the Middle East
"British and US Internet surveillance in the Middle East and surrounding regions occurs from a secret base on the island of Cyprus, as l'Espresso, the German daily "Sueddeutsche Zeitung", the Greek daily "Ta Nea" and the Greek channel "AlphaTV" can reveal. The country only has a million citizens and is a small player in world affairs, but it is a key site for the mass surveillance systems revealed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden."

"Undersea cable maps show Cyprus at the hub of numerous fibre-optic undersea cables making it a natural site to spy on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern communications. A number of cables connect Cyprus to Israel and Syria, obvious targets for Anglo-American spying. Other cables run from Cyprus to Lebanon, Cyprus to Egypt and Turkey, to Greece and Italy, and so on.

The major SEA-ME-WE3 cable connecting South East Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe also comes ashore on the little island country. In total over a dozen strategic cables are accessible in Cyprus and more are planned. It is an ideal site for monitoring communications in the Middle East and surrounding countries."

http://espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste/2013/11/04/news/the-history-of-british-intelligence-operations-in-cyprus-1.139978

Is O'Malley and Craig's "nonsensical thesis" now, at the very least, "plausible" ?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I provided details on L'Expresso's article at the bottom of http://www.danielpipes.org/13588/cyprus-oil-gas

But this has nothing at all to do with the thesis in The Cyprus Conspiracy, starting with the fact that the eavesdropping takes place on the sovereign British bases which are disconnected from the rest of Cyprus.

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