Title: Capability Provided to Dutch Assists in Capture of Somali Pirates and Mapping of Piracy-Related Network

Release Date: 2014-03-05

Document Date: 2013-01-25

Description: This extract from an NSA briefing document dated 25 January 2013 – framed as an example of how to write up such reports from the agency’s Foreign Affairs Division (FAD) – describes how The Netherlands’ MIVD sought to cover a gap in the NSA’s signals intelligence capability: see the NRC Handelsblad article The secret role […]


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(U) Title: (TS 'SI//NF)Capability Provided to Dutch Assists in

Capture of Somali Pirates and Mapping of Piracy-Related Network

(U) Problem: (TS//SI//NF) NSA access to Somali pirate communications has dropped, partly
because of the success of anti-piracy operations but also because many pirates
have switched to land-based operations, and NSA does not have access to Somali

(U) Solution: (S//SI//REL TO USA, NLD) In early 2012, the Dutch Defense Intelligence and
Security Service (MIVD) informed NSA that it was secretly placing |

| |a SIGINTteam on the Dutch vessel HMS Rotterdam, the

flagship for the NATO anti-piracy operation OCEAN SHIELD. At MIVD s
request, NSA agreed to provide^^^^^^^H^^^^^^^HcaPability for the
duration of the Rotterdam s participation in OCEAN SHIELD so that the Dutch
could ^|^|^^^^Bcommun^cat^ons collection during the operation.

(U) Impact:

(S//SL.REL TO USA, NLD) The collection of Somali I

communications aided a Dutch special operation launched from the Rotterdam to
board a Pakistani vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, capture the pirates, and
rescue the crew. On 13 August 2012, the Rotterdam, in cooperation with two
ships from the EU anti-piracy operation ATALANTA, boxed in the hijacked
vessel and launched the special operation. In early August, MIVD had alerted the
Rotterdam about a piracy-related and then continued to provide

updates on the hijacked vessel’s course and the pirates' intentions. Meanwhile,
tht Rotterdam was able to intercept communications |

| In the wake of the special operation, collection in the Netherlands

and^^^^^^^^|in Somalia led to the identification of^^^^^|selectors
and the mapping of a piracy-related network around |




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