2020-12-28, 18:00–19:20, r3s - Monheim/Rhein
Language: English

Peter F. Müller, investigative journalist; Paul Reuvers and Marcus Simons, Cryptomuseum Eindhoven; Markus Kompa, writer. Peter F. Müller revealed in February a delicate collaboration between BND and CIA for harvesting SIGINT via backdoors. It turned out that this was just the tip of an iceberg.

While researching a documentary about the German foreign intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Peter F. Müller came across a top secret document (MINERVA) about a delicate collaboration between BND and CIA. Since 1970 the spy agencies secretly owned and controlled the Swiss based Crypto AG, the world market leader for encrypting devices. They were selling rigged crypto-machines to more then 100 countries in the world and CIA and BND were thus able to intercept and decrypt the diplomatic and military communications from those countries. Peter F. Müller put together an international team of investigative journalists to find out more about this intelligence operation, including Paul Reuvers from the Cryptomuseum in Eindhoven as technical adviser. While the BND is often portrayed as a looser, operation RUBIKON as it was called by the BND was a success story for over half a century. Security expert Prof. Richard J. Aldrich rates the project “as probably the most important intelligence operation in history.” To protect the method the gouvernments of USA and Germany had to pretend blindness even when they learned about war crimes. The revelation in February which was nicknamed #CRYPTOLEAKS raised a political scandal in Switzerland. The story continued when Peter F. Müller revealed a parallel running secret sharing alliance for intercepted information between five European states called operation MAXIMATOR. There is more to come.


How US and German intelligence spied on the world

Markus Kompa is a lawyer who is specialiced in media and political affairs.
As a writer, he has a keen interest in history of espionage and any form of manipulation.
He although writes modern spy novels.

Peter F. Müller, * 1954, freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker
in Cologne and Brussels.

Apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, study of business administration,
political science and economics (graduate economist) in Cologne, Paris
und Lovain la Neuve

Publications (selection):
- Geheimnisse des BND, ZDF, scheduled for April 2021
- Geheimoperation RUBIKON - Der größte Coup des BND, 2020 ZDF,
- Mein Name sei Altmann - Das zweite Leben des Kriegsverbrechers Klaus
Barbie, ARD/WDR/ NDR & ARTE (with Michael Mueller)
- Amerikanisches Unrecht - Der Fall Krishna Maharaj, WDR 2014
- Klaus Barbie – Begegnung mit dem Bösen, WDR, 2014
- Todesstrafe für eine Lüge - Verzweifelter Kampf ums Überleben/A
Conspiracy of Lies, ARD, ARTE, NDR, 2004
- Gegen Freund und Feind - Eine Geschichte des Bundesnachrichtendienstes
2002, ARD, WDR (with Michael Mueller)
- Gegen Freund und Feind - Der BND: Geheime Politik und schmutzige
Geschäfte (book), Rowohlt, Reinbeck, 2002 (with Michael Mueller)

Paul Reuvers is a self-employed electronics engineer, who has specialised in the development of embedded software, based in Eindhoven (Netherlands). He is also a collector of historical cipher machines and co-founder of Crypto Museum.
Marcus Simons is a self-employed electronics engineer, who has specialised in the development of embedded hardware, based in Eindhoven (Netherlands). He is also a collector of historical cipher machines and co-founder of Crypto Museum.
Marc and Paul got involved in the #cryptoleaks research (and Operation Rubicon) in September 2019, and were able to help and advise the researchers on technical and historical matters. In this operation, it was revealed that the Swiss firm Crypto AG was in reality a front company of American and German intelligence agencies. They were also involved in earlier revelations about Crypto AG, that were published by the BBC in 2015.