Title: MYSTIC fact sheet

Release Date: 2014-05-19

Description: This undated NSA Special Source Operations memo explains MYSTIC a collaboration between various US agencies that collects signals from telecoms networks by means of devices have been installed for ostenisbly “legitimate commercial services”: see the Intercept article Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas, 19 May […]

Document: (U) General Information


Year Established


Intelligence Value

Major Targets

Major Benefactors
& users of Information

(U) 2009

(TS//SI//NF) MYSTIC is an SSO program for embedded
collection systems overtly installed on target networks,
predominantly for the collection and processing of wireless/mobile
communications networks. The overt purpose is for legitimate
commercial services for the Telco's themselves; our coveit mission
is the provision of SIGINT.

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Terrorism, Counter Narcotics, and International Crime missions.
(TS//SI//NF) The MYSTIC program encompasses a number of
subprograms, which are variously sponsored by NCSC, DEA, and

5 (TS//SL7NF) Plan for MYSTIC accesses against projected new mission requirements (i.e. 3G and 4G technologies, 3.1, 3.3
Voice data, etc.) (MOD)

Other CIA sponsored sites:

5. DUSKPALLET - US-3270/DA - Kenyan GSM

6. EVENINGEASEL (US-3411A/4F) Mexican Wireless

B) (TS//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) ^^Sponsored

* Known as SOMALGET sites with common US-3310-XX, PDDG ZD

1. BASECOAT - US-3310A Bahamas A-link GSM
o Includes sites US-3310A1 and US-3310A2


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