Top-secret spy base lies beyond this sign in Australian outback

The road outside Alice Springs that leads to Pine Gap, the United States-Australian intelligence facility which monitors signals and eavesdrops on targets around the world.
The road outside Alice Springs that leads to Pine Gap, the United States-Australian intelligence facility which monitors signals and eavesdrops on targets around the world.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN PEARLMAN

Pine Gap facility said to be one of the US' most important intelligence-collection sites

Just south of the town of Alice Springs in the centre of Australia, a quiet road in the outback ends abruptly, with a fence and security guards barring entry to the nation's most illustrious spy base.

There is little to indicate the activities within, which involve monitoring signals and eavesdropping on targets around the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'Top-secret spy base lies beyond this sign in Australian outback'. Print Edition | Subscribe