In the United States, the Moynihan Secrecy Commission was empowered by statute to investigate and secure documents from the National Security Agency and the FBI which had remained classified for more than 40 years. A word about the VENONA cryptosystems — they should have been impossible to read. Once sufficient breakthroughs had occurred, it became clear that the Soviet diplomatic traffic was encrypted in several similar systems and that it included KGB and GRU espionage traffic in addition to diplomatic and trade messages.

"[13], The Moynihan Commissions of Government Secrecy wrote in its final report, "The first fact is that a significant Communist conspiracy was in place in Washington, New York, and Hollywood" [14] The Commission's final report also included, "the United States Government possessed information which the American public desperately needed to know: proof that there had been a serious attack on American security by the Soviet Union, with considerable assistance from what was, indeed, an “enemy within.” ... Only the American public was denied this information." But, as we make this release, I think it is most appropriate that we recognize the extraordinary people who did the work.

Mironov made an assertion that the information his boss, Zurabin, was obtaining from all these sources was being sent to Japan, and not the Soviet Union. By comparing the known movements of the agents with the corresponding activities described in the intercepts, the FBI and the code-breakers were able to match the aliases with the actual spies. It is not our desire or our responsibility to further interpret the VENONA translations — they will speak for themselves and the historians will help us understand and put them in context. Similarly, as counterintelligence information based on the decrypts was passed to the FBI and the FBI investigated the leads, new information was developed which sometimes enabled new breaks into the code. 39 Venona_-_NSACSS.pdf. He spoke about how those successes had helped U.S. military leaders and the forces under their command win crucial battles and make strategic choices. The VENONA project is one of the best, and I am proud to have had a small part in telling the story. Between 1942 and 1945 thousands of encrypted cables were sent between KGB stations in the U.S. and Moscow.

Through nearly a decade following, a number of analysts, by dint of their dogged determination, slowly made headway against a family of extremely sophisticated, double-encrypted cryptographic systems. They and their colleagues brought a fearsome intellectual firepower to bear on various aspects of the VENONA puzzle with astounding, but hard won success. EMBED. [2] The following year, Finnish intelligence officers approached the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) mission in Stockholm with an offer to sell some 1,500 pages of material relating to Soviet codes, including a code used by the NKVD. This was due to the agonizingly slow and difficult process in which sometimes only one or two words at a time were wrenched grudgingly from the code.

Benson, Robert Louis, and Warner, Michael, eds. People continued to work on VENONA so long as the possibility remained that counterintelligence information might be developed that could possibly reveal new agents or espionage activities that might still be active. They were heroes. A balanced history of this period is now beginning to appear; the.

(2) Soviet messages were produced in exactly the same way as Japanese super-enciphered codes. ... For all who could agree there were Communists in government, there were as many who saw the Government as contriving fantastic accusations against innocent persons. This cooperation began with Wes Reynolds, the FBI liaison to Arlington Hall, and is typified by the close, cooperative efforts of Bob Lamphere who became the FBI's direct link to VENONA. In the letter, Mironov names several high level KGB operatives,[26] many involved in the ongoing atomic espionage, and suggest surveilling them would lead to incrimination. That time has now come and today we give the first of the over 2200 VENONA translations to historians to judge. EMBED (for …

37 Venona project - 1943-80 - Joseph McCarthy Red Scare Confirmed-.pdf. Lastly, VENONA was a model of outstanding interagency cooperation. Historians John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr have stated, The U.S. Army project to decrypt coded Soviet cables began in 1943. Only a day or so prior to Soviet occupation of the area, the team removed the material, which then made its way to the Army's Signals Intelligence Service (SIS). The Venona project intercepted codes passed among agents of the communist Soviet Union during World War II, and attempted to decrypt them. The secrets uncovered through the VENONA Project and presented here by Haynes -- all of them factual -- dramatically re-cast American Cold War history, so much so that any American, regardless of political orientation, should and will be shocked by the story Haynes tells. The Cold War, A Brief Account of the American Experience, The Office of Strategic Services: America's First Intelligence Agency, Collection of the Venona files from the National Security Agency, Archival Citations and a Note on the Documents,, But for every accusation there was a denial. Then the process would begin all over again. Moynihan Commission on Government Secrecy, Appendix, Venona: Soviet Espionage and The American Response, 1939-1957, Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda, Alger Hiss's Looking-glass Wars: The Covert Life of a Soviet Spy, Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America, Introductory History of VENONA and Guide to the Translations, Book I: The Struggle for Centralization 1945-1960, Sacred Secrets: How Soviet Intelligence Operations Changed American History. First and foremost was the cooperation between the intelligence and law enforcement communities. There are no reviews yet. [17], With the first break into the code, Venona revealed the existence of Soviet espionage[18] Mr. Crowell retired from NSA on 12 September 1997. Cited in the letter is Mironov's boss, Vasili Zarubin, the North American KGB Rezident; Zarubin's wife Elizabeth Zarubina who was accreditted in 1992 as playing a significant role in recruiting J. Robert Oppenheimer and infiltrating Klaus Fuchs into the Manhattan Project; Semyon Semenov said to be "robbing the whole of the war industry in America;" Grigory Kheifets, KGB San Francisco Rezident who first contacted Oppenheimer at Berkley and managed other contacts; and Leon Tarasov, KGB Mexico City Rezident to whom the targeting of the Los Alamos, New Mexico facility and operations connected with it were transferred in order to gain better operational security. 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After a failed attempt to deliver it to Pavel Fitin, head of NKVD foreign intelligence, the material was finally handed over to Soviet Ambassador to the U.S. Andrei Gromyko. This page was last modified on 10 April 2019, at 00:01. [7], After November 1944, “decrypts of messages were shown to President Roosevelt by a United States Naval Officer whose duty it was to take the decrypts to the White House.”[8] In May 1945 a U.S. Army intelligence team discovered a second codebook at a German signals intelligence archive in Saxony, in territory assigned to the Soviet zone of occupation. The story of the efforts to attack Soviet KGB and GRU traffic began in February 1943 when a young woman, Miss Gene Grabeel, was assigned to organize, characterize, and analyze thousands of encrypted Soviet diplomatic messages. Among those identified are Ethel and Julius Rosenberg; Alger Hiss; Harry Dexter White,[21] the second-highest official in the Treasury Department; Lauchlin Currie,[22]