Saturday, January 12, 2008

Terrorist Threat Against the Eiffel Tower Monitored via Shortwave

NAT MWARA Graphic courtesy of Risto Hirvonen.

Reuters and the Associated Press are reporting on Friday that a threat against the Eiffel Tower in Paris has been intercepted by Portuguese Air Traffic Control authorities.

An unnamed source quoted by both news agencies said the vague threat was monitored on Thursday via an unidentified shortwave radio frequency. "It is true we intercepted a conversation with terrorist threats to the Eiffel Tower yesterday," the source, who asked not to be named. "Our air force informed the French air force of this matter."

The French daily Le Monde reported on Friday that the French intelligence services were tracking the authors of the threatening message.

Unfortunately, neither the AP or Reuters passed along what frequency in the shortwave spectrum this incident occurred on. Given what information we have from all sources our best guess here in the Monitoring Post is the intercept probably occurred on one of the NAT MWARA Aero frequencies from Santa Maria, Azores. Santa Maria is part of the NAT-A/E MWARA family of frequencies. You can get complete information on the NAT MWARA freqs and more on this blog on the link below.

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