Australia's Pine Gap base has played an important role in aiding the security of Australia and the USA since its establishment in the 1970s. It is absolutely no surprise that its capability and objectives have changed since the early 2000s in response to the war against Islamist terrorism. The information the base provides includes targeting terrorists and providing information that limits civilian causalities in battle grounds around the world.
That ABC find this "news" is a testament to their naivety and the interests and values of their juvenile reporters and the organisations they collaborate with.
The report arises from classified NSA documents leaked by US traitor Edward Snowden. Snowden is a fugitive from US justice and has been living in exile in Russia since June 2013 and faces US charges of espionage and theft of state property.
The documents are mundane. One states the following in relation to potential challenges with the partner:
(U) Problems/Challenges with the Partner
Perhaps the headline : US/Australia Pine Gap relations run smoothly: leaked documents reveal a little too surprising for the ABC?
Another outlines critical functions of satellite monitoring programs to "identify and locate threat emitters.
Perhaps the headline: US-OZ Gap Sat coverage protect the west from terror threats a little too factual for the fakers at ABC?
ABC's report was written in collaboration with "The Intercept" a left biased news organisation funded by EBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The intercept was born from the illegal release of NSA documents by Snowden. This important information, along with indications that Snowden remains a fugitive is missing from ABC's poor quality sensationalist report.