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The Waihopai satellite spy station near Blenheim, New Zealand.

On April 30, 2008, three Ploughshares activists gained access to the base and slashed one of the rubber protective domes with a sickle.

The giant balloon deflated slowly and draped over the satellite dish.

The rubber has since been removed and the dish is is now exposed, directed at an Intelsat satellite and intercepting international communications.

(Above right: The Waihopai satellite spy station near Blenheim, New Zealand.)

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