Rainy day, time to read a good story.
This is the 10th anniversary of the release of the VENONA PROJECT files.
Arguably one of the most important intel coups in the history of the US - Soviet Cold War Era.
And strangely enough, not widely known about.
This article presents a good overview of VENONA and its info.
[quote]Venona Ten Years Later: Lessons for Today
By Steven T. Usdin
Mr. Usdin, senior editor, BioCentury Publications, is the author of forthcoming book Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied For Stalin and Founded The Soviet Silicon Valley, Yale University Press).
Ten years ago, on July 11, 1995, the U.S. intelligence community held an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters to break the seal on one of the most closely held secrets of the Cold War. The world learned that starting in 1946 American cryptologists had cracked Soviet codes and read portions of thousands of messages Soviet intelligence operatives sent each other during World War II. Most of the cables decrypted in a program that came to be known as Venona, one of numerous codenames used to cloak its existence, were sent or received by the Soviet head of foreign intelligence.
Just as the ability to read Stalin