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Pressure mounts for Swiss parliamentary probe into spying operation – Source Reuters Tech News

ZURICH (Reuters) – Senior members of the Swiss legislature are demanding a parliamentary investigation into a spying operation in which U.S. and German intelligence used a Swiss cryptography company as a front to eavesdrop on other countries.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Crypto AG is seen at its headquarters in Steinhausen, Switzerland February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

The government has appointed a former Supreme Court justice to look into “Operation Rubicon”, which for decades involved the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and German BND spy service covertly using Crypto AG’s encryption technology to crack other nations’ top-secret messages.

He is due to report back by the end of June and the cabinet will be briefed.

But pressure is mounting for parliament to launch its own investigation to find out who in Switzerland knew about the scheme.

Although the outlines of “Operation Rubicon” were known for years, new details about its scope and duration…

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