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Operation RUBICON — media coverage
The secret purchase of Crypto AG by BND and CIA

THESAURUS 1 (later: RUBICON), was a secret operation of the German Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to purchase the Swiss crypto manufacturer Crypto AG (Hagelin) — codenamed MINERVA — in order to control the company, its algorithms and – indirectly – its customers. From 12 June 1970 2 onwards, Crypto AG was jointly owned by CIA and BND, each with 50% of the shares, and from 30 June 1994 exclusively by the CIA.

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The secret Operation RUBICON was revealed by German journalists Peter F. Muller and Ulrich Stoll, the German TV station ZDF, the American newspaper The Washington Post, and the Swiss TV station SRF. Together with the Dutch investigative VPRO radio program Argos, Crypto Museum contributed to the investigation and was able to advise on technical matters. Below is an overview of RUBICON-related news items that have appeared in various media since 11 February 2020.

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The Washington Post - The Intelligence Coup of the Century
National Security Archive - The CIA's 'Minerva' Secret
Hackaday - Project Rubicon: The NSA secretly sold flawed encryption for decades
The Washington Post - As the US spied on the world, the CIA and NSA bickered

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Press announcement
ZDF Television, Frontal-21
 18 March 2020 20:15 - ZDFinfo (60 minutes)

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Weltweite Spionage-Operation mit Schweizer Firma aufgedeckt
Investigation opened into Swiss encryption firm liked to CIA
10vor10 news broadcast of 11 February 2020

Rundschau (100 minutes), 12 February 20:05
Rundschau (100 minutes), with English subtitles
Rundschau, 19 February 2020, Geheimdienst-Skandal
Rundschau, 26 February 2020, Geheimdienst-Affäre: Die Wut der Argentinier

Interview with Res Strehle (author of 'Der Fall Hans Bühler')
Switzerland files criminal complaint over Crypto spying scandal

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Cryptoleaks: geheime evaluatierapporten CIA en BND uitgelekt
De cryptoleaks van CIA en BND: 'Dit was de inlichtingen-coup van de eeuw'
NPO-2, Nieuwsuur, Thursday 13 February 21:00
 Saturday 15 February 14:00 - VPRO radio Argos - Netherlands

Press release (PDF)
The Gentleman's Agreement
Operation RUBICON: 19 March 2020

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