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16th-century book-shaped French cipher machine, with arms of Henri II of France By Uploadalt – Own work, photographed at Musée d’Écouen, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Some thoughts on the Crypto AG story, specific to the Asia-Pacific…

The extent of penetration into Asia remains uncertain, but numerous Asian countries purchased Crypto equipment. These include Bangladesh, Burma, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand. Vietnam also purchased such equipment, although the report doesn’t specify whether the buyer was North Vietnam or South Vietnam. It remains unclear whether the use of Crypto AG machines lent the U.S. insight into South Korea’s nuclear program, or South Vietnam’s internal politics.


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