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CIA secretly owned world’s top encryption supplier, read enemy and ally messages for decades

Posted by M. C. on February 11, 2020

A little bigger than the FIB and Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

Xeni Jardin

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. That company was secretly run by the CIA, which had the ability to read all those communications for decades.

Greg Miller at the Washington Post:

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.

The decades-long arrangement, among the most closely guarded secrets of the Cold War, is laid bare in a classified, comprehensive CIA history of the operation obtained by The Washington Post and ZDF, a German public broadcaster, in a joint reporting project.

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‘The intelligence coup of the century’

[, Greg Miller Feb. 11, 2020, via techmeme, image modified from a photograph by theglobalpanorama CC BY-SA 2.0 ]

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Education Cost and “Government Money”.

Posted by M. C. on October 25, 2012

The Erie Times has been bemoaning the cost of higher education.  I contend a major factor is government backed education loans.  The government makes it easy for students to get big dollar loans and schools are taking advantage.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Lame PSEA ad for Taxing the Public to Fund the Failing Public School System

Posted by M. C. on June 10, 2012

PSEA President Michael Crossey has an ad in the 10 June 2012 Erie Times News extolling the virtues of higher corporate taxes for public education. Education taxes that have contributed to plummeting US student capabilities. Mr. Crossey goes on for a quarter page moaning about how Governor Corbet is in cahoots with corporations, minimizing their tax burden, bringing destruction ad mayhem upon the populace. Either Mr. Crossey is quite naive or he is trying to pull a fast one because businesses are not tax payers. They are tax collectors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Missed Education Opportunity

Posted by M. C. on July 31, 2011

There has certainly been a lot of discussion regarding the state’s reduction in its redistribution of our taxes towards education. It has had its affect in the Erie area. I see a wonderful opportunity that is being missed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Edukashun-DEA style

Posted by M. C. on July 30, 2011

Mary Sanchez recently had a column taking Michelle Bachmann to task which illustrates the thinking that has us sliding toward disaster. Bachmann rightly advocates shutting down the Department of Education. Read the rest of this entry »

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