What is the score on the Rosenberg-case?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_and_Ethel_Rosenberg
They were executed for giving the American nuclear secrets
to the Soviet.
Could it be the secret had nothing to do with building an atomic-bomb? Then what? What do you think?
I investigated this many years ago, and read some of the decoded messages. The VENONNA file, at least so we are told, is not secret any more, and on the web. I don't think they where executed for carrying any "atomic" secret, it could have been something else, but I can't remember any details. The CIPHER-thing is an entity that have many elements common with a Hoax, and most is not how it looks.
The VENNONA was possibly the only Russian screw-up: The one-time codes, in numerical format, was manufactured by having typists hacking the keyboard (1234567890) at random. To lower costs four copies where made, where one pair was used by a crypto-spy, while the other pair was for embassy-commercial use, but on a different continent. If two messages could be synchronized, the two secret messages, with only one common key, was enough to recover both messages. Unfortunately, and very early on; the Russians has a spy right in the middle, that told them, so the Russians immediately cleaned up their act. But this had been going on years, so a massive hunt went on searching for recordings of "provably" unbreakable message recordings, all complete gibberish, and especially for low-quality information such as the commercial/trade telegrams. By memory, some of these telegrams was 30 years old at the time. WHAT ON EARTH DO THESE PEOPLE EAT FOR BREAKFAST? Not only recording the message; impossible to decode, but to archive the thing a life-time, and be able to find it on request !?!
OK. Peter Wright wrote in Spy Catcher
(the book where a row of post office-spies are sitting each with a boiling kettle, steaming up envelopes... where the phone go broke, so the repair-man can put in the bug...) about a Swedish connection, where the FRA
was requested about any filed messages. They just rolled in a trolley, all in perfect order! The gain was mostly to Swedish advantage, where the "Eriksson" spies, that was already in jail, but on weak evidence; solid proof of their activities was obtained.
Peter Wright also wrote about a microwave resonance microphone, that don't use any electronics or cables. This possibly also apply to a modern cell-pones antenna stage. Please kindly carry ALL electronic gadgets out before you have a confidential meeting!
History research of this kind is plenty of in the David Kahn, "The Codebreakers".
The VENONNA should be on the NSA site.
Later, when research teams was trying to puzzle the human DNA from extremely large numbers of partial, and also erroneous strings, it was reported that the progress was slow in the beginning. Then, suddenly, one of these Grey Men show up: "I have something in my Bag the you Need!" The NSA algorithm, the VENNONNA search algorithm, speeded things up by magnitude. In Math-research, at any time, one of these Grey Men can appear!