Title: NSA Tipper Alerts Allies to Terrorist Threat

Release Date: 2016-12-07

Document Date: 2004-01-20

Description: NSA tipped off Norway to an al Qaeda threat to the Norwegian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on January 6, 2004. NSA SIGINT was Norway's only source of this threat information.

Document: DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS
TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL

(S//SI) NSA Tipper Alerts Allies to Terrorist Threat
FROM: SIGINT Communications
Run Date: 01/20/2004
FROM: SIGINT Communications
(S//SI//REL) NSA was thanked on 8 January 2004 by the Norwegian Intelligence Service for
tipping them off to an al-Qaida threat to the Norwegian embassy in Cairo, as reported by the
A&P Egyptian shop (North African Relations Branch - S2E32) late 6 January. SIGINT from NSA to
NIS was Norway's only source of this threat information.
(U) Events unfolded as follows:
(S//SI) The Egyptian shop, the Office of Counterterrorism, and NSOC generated key reports
with tearlines for distribution inside the SIGINT community and to US and appropriate foreign
partners.
(S//SI) The information was delivered electronically by the Oslo SLO (SIGINT Liaison Officer),
with a personal phone call to the head of International Operations at the NIS.
(S//SI) NIS followed-up by contacting Norwegian Police (PST) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
elements, who were highly interested in this information, and deliberated over follow-up actions.
They have since sent a team to Cairo to assess Norwegian embassy security there.
(S) The Norwegian ambassador closed Cairo embassy as a precaution.
(S//SI//REL) This timely threat tipper has underscored for the Norwegian Government that they
may truly be the targets of terrorist activity, and they are taking steps accordingly. Well done to
all NSA'ers involved!

"(U//FOUO) SIDtoday articles may not be republished or reposted outside NSANet
without the consent of S0121 (DL sid_comms)."

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DERIVED FROM: NSA/CSSM 1-52, DATED 08 JAN 2007 DECLASSIFY ON: 20320108

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