New Snowden leaks reveal mystery behind NSA's UK base

Newly leaked documents show that a US spying agency has used a British military base to carry out “capture-kill operations” across the Middle East.

Former US intelligence contractor and whistle-blower Edward Snowden made the revelation on Tuesday, as cited in a report by online publication The Intercept that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) is using a UK base to conduct missions.

“The files reveal for the first time how the NSA has used the British base to aid a significant number of capture-kill operations across the Middle East and North Africa, fueled by powerful eavesdropping technology,” the report said, referring to the heavily guarded military facility at Menwith Hill (pictured below) in Yorkshire, northern England.

“The [NSA] programs, with names such as GHOSTHUNTER and GHOSTWOLF, have provided support for conventional British and American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,” it added. “But they have also aided covert…

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