Washington Post reporter, Greg Miller, along with German journalist, Peter F. Mueller, and Julie Tate from Washington produced this investigation of “The Intelligence Coup of the Century.” For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.
The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-breaking machines for U.S. troops during World War II, Because of this contract, Crypto AG became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software.
From 1970 on, the CIA and its code-breaking sibling, the National Security Agency, controlled nearly every aspect of Crypto’s operations–presiding with their German partners over hiring decisions, designing its technology, sabotaging its algorithms and directing its sales targets.
The Crypto operation is relevant to modern espionage. Its reach and duration helps to explain how the United States developed an insatiable appetite for global surveillance that was exposed in 2013 by Edward Snowden
Make sure you understand the full impact of the history of espionage and be able to explain the path from Crypto to revelations by Edward Snowden. Further, be able to trace links to foreign governments, including the Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky, a texting app tied to the United Arab Emirates and the Chinese telecommunications giant Hauwei