Australian Signals Directorate

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The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) formerly the Defence Signals Directorate, is a signals intelligence agency in the Australian Government Department of Defence, with its headquarters in Canberra.[1]

According to the New York Times, a 2013 document released by Edward Snowden showed that the ASD was monitoring a US law firm representing Indonesia in a trade dispute with the US, and passing the resulting intelligence on to US officials.[2]


  1. About ASD, Australian Signals Directorate, 16 February 2014.
  2. James Risen and Laura Poitras, Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm, New York Times, 15 February 2014.