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Tue Feb 11, 2020, 08:55 AM

Swiss company, Crypto AG, was secretly owned by the CIA.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/national-security/cia-crypto-encryption-machines-espionage/

For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries.

By Greg Miller Feb. 11, 2020

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.

The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software.

The Swiss firm made millions of dollars selling equipment to more than 120 countries well into the 21st century. Its clients included Iran, military juntas in Latin America, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, and even the Vatican.

But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence. These spy agencies rigged the company’s devices so they could easily break the codes that countries used to send encrypted messages.

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Out in the open now...

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Dennis Donovan Feb 11 OP
Wounded Bear Feb 11 #1
Fix The Stupid Feb 11 #2
Zorro Feb 11 #3
wendyb-NC Feb 11 #4
Dennis Donovan Feb 11 #5
Blue_Tires Feb 11 #6

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 08:59 AM

1. Let me guess, Trump outed them...

amirite?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 09:02 AM

2. hmm..sounds like a foreign entity messing with other countries elections and stuff...


Sound familiar?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 09:04 AM

3. Wow

Heady stuff.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 09:23 AM

4. Very interesting.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 12:17 PM

5. One of Crypto's clients was the Vatican




Imagine THOSE transcripts!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 12:29 PM

6. meh...

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