CIA caught red handed using Crypto AG as a front company, reigniting rumors about Facebook’s DARPA-connected past.

Tyler S. Farley

We have yet another story that once again supports and proves what was earlier considered nothing but a silly ‘conspiracy theory’.

A Washington Post story published today exposes how a global cryptography company called Crypto AG based in Sweden was in fact a CIA front company for decades.

The Swiss company Crypto AG sold cryptographic hardware and software to nations and militaries around the world. However, a joint venture between German intelligence and the CIA had the two agencies secretly purchasing Crypto AG in 1971 using fake companies as cover. In the 1990’s the Germans backed out after believing the risk of being exposed was too great to continue. This left the CIA and NSA as the only owners of Crypto AG.

According to the Washington Post report, the CIA didn’t just own and manage the company from a distance. Instead, they managed every aspect of the company, even day to day operations. Things such as who was hired, payroll, and where research money was spent, etc., was all managed by the CIA on a day to day basis. It was a 100% CIA run company from top to bottom.

Crypto AG sold high-end cryptography equipment to nations around the world as well as to militaries. Every product sold had a backdoor that allowed the CIA and NSA to snoop on communications for decades.

Of course, similar CIA front companies like this have been suspected for decades involving many different industries. Even today, people suspect VPN companies and perhaps large social media companies might very well be CIA/NSA front companies just like Crypto AG. But now, with the revelations about Crypto AG, those theories are much more plausible and harder to dismiss.

One must also ask how many other “encrypted” or privacy based services are nothing more than CIA front companies. VPN companies have exploded onto the scene, paying big money to YouTube creators to shill for them. Some people have wondered how these VPN companies can spend so much on advertising while only charging $2 a month. It seems like a terrible business model if you want to turn a profit, but if they are CIA front companies like Crypto AG, then profits don’t really matter.

But perhaps it’s an even larger problem. The CIA bought Crypto AG in 1971. It was a huge success for them, allowing them to snoop on governments and militaries around the world. I can only imagine they have upped their game since then and set their sites on larger and more far-reaching companies that handle data. Of course, this leads us to the questions as to whether or not social media companies are nothing but CIA data collections services.

Allegations and theories about Facebook or Google being nothing more than CIA fronts are nothing new. Many people, even just casual observers have had these thoughts. But now, with the exposing of Crypto AG’s CIA ownership, these theories become much more believable.

Facebook is a perfect example and a look at its history suggests some questionable heritage. It has been suggested that Facebook actually started out as a DARPA project known as LifeLog. Below is the description from LifeLog’s Wikipedia entry.

LifeLog was a project of the Information Processing Techniques Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). According to its bid solicitation pamphlet, it was to be “an ontology-based (sub)system that captures, stores, and makes accessible the flow of one person’s experience in and interactions with the world in order to support a broad spectrum of associates/assistants and other system capabilities”. The objective of the LifeLog concept was “to be able to trace the ‘threads’ of an individual’s life in terms of events, states, and relationships”, and it has the ability to “take in all of a subject’s experience, from phone numbers dialed and e-mail messages viewed to every breath taken, step made and place gone”

So as you can see, LifeLog sounds almost exactly like what Facebook was and has now morphed into. However, LifeLog was supposedly shut down after coders and designers on the project began to complain about privacy concerns according to Wired magazine. Strangely enough, Facebook was launched just 4 months after DARPA’s LifeLog was shut down.

There is an old saying, it’s not always about what you know, it’s about what you can prove. Today we have the proof of yet another wild conspiracy theory which has indeed been proven true.  For many, it’s only a matter of time until even more theories are proven true as well.

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