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Because terrorism is seen as a common threat, I suspect "collaboration" between western intelligence agencies is the norm, not the exception. Also intelligence professionals tend to have more respect for their peers in allied agencies, rather than their "civilian" superiors who know nothing.

No doubt many an intelligence operatives' career has been boosted by a helping hand he got form an allied agency. I suspect US intelligence is riddled with agents also doing some part time work for Israel and this is on top of formal "5 eyes" or "9 eyes" or "14 eyes" intelligence sharing.

The only surprising thing about the Denmark revelations is that they got caught.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jun 2nd, 2021 at 12:34:14 PM EST
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That puts the cart before the horse, surely? The European intelligence agencies were built around NATO and the US, long before terrorism became the buzzword you wrote on your funding applications. Remember when Germany's parliament was asking questions about why their military intelligence was providing targeting info to the Americans in the Iraq invasion when the official position was non-intervention. The answer was "terrible tragedy with our archive robot arm, nothing we can do about that now". And that was basically it.
by generic on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 11:02:30 AM EST
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