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Philips helped CIA to spy on Turkey: Ex-Philips employee

Ex-cryptographer of Philips, Cees Jansen, admitted that they produced machines to spy on Turkey.

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Philips helped CIA to spy on Turkey: Ex-Philips employee

This week Washington Post has released an article which revelaed the secret relationship between CIA and Crypto AG. For 50 years, CIA and BND owned Crypto AG made encryption equipments and sold them to over 120 countries.

According to Jansen, Turkey was one of these countries, on which CIA wanted to spy. However Germany's intelligence agency, BND, was not keen on the idea of spying Turkey, as Turkey was a NATO country and an ally of Germany. Therefore CIA asked Netherland-based technology company Philips to help them spy on Turkey.

At that time, Aroflex was the encryption machine, which was used by Turkey for encryption purposes. Philips was asked by CIA to weaken the encryption of Aroflex machines. Cees Jansen said that he did what he asked to do and didn't consider this action as a betrayal to Turkey.

For years, Turkish Armed Forces used Aroflex to encrypt its most important communcations.

 

Writing by Emre Kekeç

Source:

https://www.nu.nl/tech/6031105/oud-cryptograaf-bevestigt-betrokkenheid-philips-bij-afluisteren-turkije.html

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