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The Swiss authorities began to investigate the multi-year operation of the intelligence services of the United States and Germany in reading the secret correspondence of the 120 countries. Reported by the Associated Press.
According to German intelligence expert Erich Schmidt-Albuma, the participation of the CIA and the Federal intelligence service (BND), Germany in the Swiss manufacturer of cryptographic hardware Crypto AG has been stated before. Schmidt-Enbom said that in 1992, the company representative arrested in Iran. He spent several months in prison and then was released after the BND gave him a ransom of one million dollars, said the expert.
Earlier The Washington Post published an article which spoke of years of operation of the intelligence services of the US and Germany in reading the secret correspondence of the 120 countries. It was noted that the CIA and the BND since 1970-ies received information from the company Crypto AG, which provided States the device for protection when transmitting confidential data and messages. Since 1958, the CIA, the BND and then controlled the activities of Crypto AG, through a front company in Liechtenstein Minerva. Thus, according to the publication, the Swiss authorities were aware of the activities of the intelligence services of the USA and Germany.
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