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Profile: Katherine Gun


Positions that Katherine Gun has held:

  • British intelligence employee working for the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)




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February 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       The January 31 National Security Agency (NSA) memo, written by a “Frank Koza,” calling for the surveillance of UN diplomats (see January 31, 2003) is leaked to The Observer by 29-year-old Katherine Gun, a British intelligence employee working for the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) as a translator. She will later be arrested on March 8 and charged with violating Britain's Official Secrets Act, though her case will eventually be dismissed. Two of the newspaper's reporters confirm Frank Koza's identity with a call to the NSA. The Observer later explains: “The NSA main switchboard put The Observer through to extension 6727 at the agency which was answered by an assistant, who confirmed it was Koza's office. However, when The Observer asked to talk to Koza about the surveillance of diplomatic missions at the United Nations, it was then told ‘You have reached the wrong number.’ On protesting that the assistant had just said this was Koza's extension, the assistant repeated that it was an erroneous extension, and hung up.” The Observer also shows the memo to three former intelligence operatives who deem the language and content of the memo authentic. Additionally, Matthew M. Aid, a historian whose area of expertise is intelligence and who is writing a book on the NSA, will later tell the Baltimore Sun that he recognizes the name “Koza” as that of a “senior operational manager” at the NSA. [Observer, 3/2/03; The Observer, 3/9/03; Baltimore Sun, 3/4/03; Guardian, 1/27/04]
People and organizations involved: Katherine Gun, Frank Koza

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