The US is worried about Chinese spies? Look who’s talking!

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The US is worried about Chinese spies? Look who’s talking!

In the world of spies, it takes one to know one

Robin Pagnamenta

It’s a plotline straight out of a John le Carre novel or a James Bond film. A shadowy Swiss encryption company secretly controlled by the CIA was eavesdropping for decades on the world’s secrets and leaking them to US and German intelligence officials. This isn’t fiction but a story straight out of real life.

Under a top-secret scheme known as Operation Rubicon, which dates back to at least 1992 and probably much further, the Zug-based company, Crypto AG, sold code-making gear to Iran, India, Pakistan and dozens of other nations across Latin America and beyond.

Diplomats thought they were paying Crypto AG good money for a valuable service: to communicate through a secure channel using cutting-edge Swiss technology...

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