The military radar Globus II seen from the sea side. Photo: Atle Staalesen / BarentsObserver
New York Times/Miami Herald: The US is snooping on an infuriated Russia from a tiny, nervous island in the Arctic
VARDO, NORWAY: The population of the Arctic island of Vardo has shrunk to half of what it was 20 years ago, and the fishing industry that sustained its residents for generations has mostly collapsed.
But the local power company, citing a mysterious surge in electricity demand, began work last month to increase energy supplies, laying a thick new cable in a tunnel under the icy waters that separate the island from the Norwegian mainland.
The new electricity cable, along with the recent appearance of earth-moving equipment atop a rocky plateau overlooking Russia across the sea, points to one business that is flourishing in this part of the Arctic: snooping on Russia’s expanding fleet of nuclear submarines armed with ballistic missiles in the Barents Sea.
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WNU Editor: This is no small listening post.