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The Intelligence Coup of the Century

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I don't know if this really belongs in the "political" section, but it's an incredible story. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/...rc=nl_most

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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I laughed out loud when I read this.  Score one for the home team!   Well done!  

Whoever thought of this should get a medal.

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#2

That's what's up
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#3

Hmmmmm....

The NSA famously hates the CIA and the other way around.

Technically they aren't even supposed to work together.

The CIA is our external intelligence agency... the NSA is our internal intelligence agency.
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#4

What a fascinating read.
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