The Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign has released a new report linking the British intelligence outpost with the assassination of former IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani in January 2020.
The report, titled “Menwith Hill in 3D, Domes, Data, and Drone Strikes,” found that Menwith Hill, a British Royal Air Force intelligence base in Yorkshire, “acted as a foreign outpost of the National Security Agency (NSA).”
The research concluded that it was ‘probable’ that Soleimani was killed due to intelligence from the program.
The outpost held the largest known overseas site of NSA presence, with an estimated 600 US intelligence personnel on-site.
Menwith Hill was a key component in the US drone warfare campaign, capable of collecting hundreds of millions of phone exchanges and emails daily to use towards direct location and kill operations.
In 2016, a report by The Intercept revealed that the British base was armed with powerful eavesdropping technology that could tap into 300 million daily emails and phone calls.
The investigative journalist who presented the report, Barnaby Pace, said that the site has “played a key role in operations to ‘eliminate’ people in Yemen, as part of a deadly drone bombing campaign that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths in a country that neither the UK nor US has declared war with.”