Title: UK and Swedish involvement in Quantum
Release Date: 2013-12-11
Document Date: 2013-04-01
Description: This internal NSA document from April 2013 provides a progress report on projects where the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) strategy involves a foreign partner. A paragraph on Sweden indicates that GCHQ’s participation in Quantum malware operations “may be in jeopardy” but that making the project a joint US-Swedish one has been “NSA’s goal all […]
Document: TOP SECRET//SI//NOFORN
What You Wanted to Know
Review SID's goals for this quarterly.
Note that just about all of the accomplishments we are presenting respond to some aspect of SID's
strategies for the foreign partner. The few that don't involve those niche partners for whom our strategy
is to simply maintain a viable relationship that we can rely on should we need it in the future. And that
these are only some of the accomplishments for FY13...there are way too many to address in just an
When it comes to discussing the challenges and roadblocks that we believe are going to make it difficult
if not impossible to accomplish specific items, the causative factors are divided between NSA and
partner budget cuts, legal and policy impediments on the partner side, and in a few cases partner
unwillingness to cooperate or meet their obligations to us.
Select Accomplishments: Production (second slide)
(TS//SI//NF) Sweden: This is the DIRNSA-initiated Quantum trilat between NSA, GCHQ, and FRA. While
the overall success rate has been low, the effort can be considered a success in terms of proof of
concept. Continued GCHQ involvement may be in jeopardy due to British legal/policy restrictions, and
in fact NSA's goal all along has been to transition this effort to a bilat with the Swedish partner.