CIA Secretly Owned Swiss Encryption Firm for Years: Reports

Intelligence Reportedly Used Company’s Equipment to Spy on 100 Countries Scott Ferguson (@Ferguson_Writes) • February 12, 2020 Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Credit Eligible Get Permission A CX52 cipher machine made by Swiss firm Crypto AG, which the CIA and German intelligence controlled (Source: National Security Archives) Intelligence agencies in the United States and West Germany secretly owned a controlling stake in Swiss firm Crypto AG for decades and used their access to the company’s encrypted communications equipment to spy on over 100 countries, including friends and foes alike, according to reports in the Washington Post and German TV station ZDF.

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