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VENONA is the

[c]ode name for the U.S. codebreaking project that deciphered portions of the texts of Soviet intelligence messages between Moscow and other cities in the 1940s. Most messages concerned spy activities in the United States.[1]
[h]ighly classified U.S. SIGINT (cryptanalysis) effort during World War II to decipher encoded Soviet intelligence messages transmitted to Moscow on espionage activity in the United States. VENONA traffic indicated that the Soviets had over 300 assets of various kinds inside numerous U.S. Government agencies.[2]

References Edit

  1. Office of Counterintelligence (DXC), Defense CI & HUMINT Center, Defense Intelligence Agency, "Terms and Definitions of Interest for DoD Counterintelligence Professional," at GL-178 (May 2, 2011) (full-text).
  2. Terms & Definitions of Interest for DoD Counterintelligence Professionals, at 338.

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