US wins Spain's favour with offer to share spy network material

privacy       2001-06-18 
The United States has agreed to share highly classified material from the Anglo-American Echelon intelligence network with the Spanish Government to help Madrid's battle against the Basque separatist group ETA. The move is seen as an attempt to smooth relations with Europe at a time of increasing tensions. France and the European Parliament have alleged that the network is used to spy on European Union companies for US firms.