The company figured out that is was Echelon after the flap emerged and Echelon was disappeared/disbanded/re-purposed. The feedback that we got was that it was the Israelis that were doing the commercial espionage. Some of the other governments were angry that the Israelis were involved at all.
OTOH we could have been given a complete pack of lies to divert our attention from the real group.
Could be nonsense, but after learning that MKUltra was real, who knows anymore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA
The CIA/NSA etc spying on the US and UK's enemies?
Or US companies spying on UK companies to gain a competitive advantage?
If you were a BP boss would you be confident that they weren't handing your emails over to the Whitehouse during the gulf spill?
That is, it was explained to me that while we don't 'spy' on our citizens we supply as part of the partnership the ability for each member country to basically circumvent those restrictions because the entity doing the surveillance is actually a foreign government (all be it an ally). Not exactly in those terms but I was left in no doubt that that was how it worked.
Of course if they told me that a job interview I imagine it was regarded as public knowledge.
Disclaimer: I'm currently working my way through the TV series "24" :-)
IIRC, one such place out in the woods, back east was decommissioned and purchased for use by amateur astronomers some years back.
They probably had a field day opening the door for the first time. The equipment was all stripped out prior, but I'm sure they got a kick out of the expensive wiring & elaborate shielding everywhere.