CIA spying scandal not unique, says former British intel officer


The CIA’s use of a Swiss encryption company to spy on more than 120 countries for 50 years comes to light in reports by The Washington Post and German broadcaster ZDF. – EPA pic, February 13, 2020.

THE existence of numerous online platforms makes it very likely that situations similar to that involving the US CIA’s use of a Swiss encryption company to spy on more than 120 countries for five decades are happening, a retired British intelligence officer told the Sputnik news agency.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post newspaper and German broadcaster ZDF published reports on their joint investigation, revealing that the CIA and West German intelligence (BND) secretly owned Swiss firm Crypto AG between 1970 and 1993, with the American agency remaining a secret owner until 2018, when the company was liquidated.


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