According to Venezuela’s major newspaper El Universal, some of the leaked documents by former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Edward J. Snowden referred to Puerto Rico as a clandestine espionage center for several Latin American countries. Reports published in the electronic versions of newspapers O Globo of Brazil, El País in Spain and The Guardian of England, mentioned that documents released by Snowden stated that the NSA and the CIA had a joint operation, spying from the Naval Base in the Sabana Seca neighborhood of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Apparently, this operation on the island served to coordinate with other offices in Brasilia, Bogota, Caracas, Mexico City, and Panama City through a program called Fornsat, through which the NSA and the CIA intercepted billions of private telephone calls, emails, text messages, and Internet communications.
Brazil and Colombia have officially demanded explanations from the U.S. on apparent telecommunications espionage of citizens outside their jurisdiction. One of the articles published by O Globo mentions that most of the cyber-espionage and wiretapping occurred in Brazil, followed by Colombia, with whom the United States maintains strategic agreements to combat drug trafficking. The article also said that the NSA intensified interceptions in Colombia and Venezuela, through the program named Boundless Informant, when late President Hugo Chávez was dying of cancer.
Another article published by the Spanish newspaper El País notes that cyber communication interceptions were undertaken through the PRISM program in collaboration with portals such as Facebook and Google, companies that have denied the allegations. Other media have pointed towards giants like Microsoft and YouTube as collaborators with the NSA and the CIA. The El País article notes that some of the interceptions were made with the X-Keystroke system, which identifies messages by the language of the conversation, a system introduced in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and most Central American countries.
Glenn Greenwald (The Guardian) indicated that the billions of calls and emails intercepted by the NSA and a large telecommunications company were made using the Fairview program. [. . .] The Guardian also published on Saturday that the PRISM program allows the NSA access to voice mail and the chat areas of users of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and YouTube.
Some of the articles state that the program known as Echelon had its base in the town of Toa Baja, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Navy. [. . .] Although the Communications Base of the Navy Operations Group in Sabana Seca is closed, there is still a huge circular fence in the Ingenio neighborhood, which once contained the mainstay of Echelon program.
[. . .] Moisés Quiñones, a spokesman for the FBI in Puerto Rico, told the Center for Investigative Journalism that he is was unable to comment on Snowden’s allegations on Echelon or the wiretapping.
For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.cpipr.org/historias/48-actualidad-en-portada/446-puerto-rico-involucrado-en-el-espionaje-denunciado-por-snowden-see-more-at-httpcpiprorghistoriashtmlsthashaxxzzlhsdpuf.html
For related article (in English), see http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/130709/o-globo-venezuela-argentina-colombia-and-mexico-were-also-spied