Swiss Report Reveals New Details On CIA Spying Operation

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    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: The CIA and German intelligence jeopardized Switzerland’s historic reputation for neutrality by using a Swiss company as a platform for a global espionage operation for decades, according to a report released Tuesday by members of the Swiss parliament. Investigators concluded that Swiss authorities were aware of, and at times complicit in, an elaborate espionage operation in which the CIA covertly owned and controlled a Swiss company, Crypto AG, that secretly sold rigged encryption systems to foreign governments. The report marks the culmination of a Swiss investigation launched after the history of the Crypto operation was revealed earlier this year by The Washington Post in collaboration with ZDF, German public television, and Swiss broadcaster SRF. The Crypto operation exploited “Switzerland’s image abroad as a neutral state,” according to the report, which also said that Swiss authorities had effectively allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to carry out “intelligence operations to the detriment of other states by hiding behind a Swiss company.” The probe marks the first public accounting by a foreign government of an espionage operation so successful and extensive that a classified CIA history referred to it as “the intelligence coup of the century.” The CIA did not respond to a request for comment, and the BND previously declined to comment. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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