February 25, 2017
One project that reveals the active efforts by Soviet Russia to undermine both Britain and the U.S., is the Venona Project.
Revealed through this project were secret Soviet cable traffic from the 1940s. The United Stated intercepted thousands of them, and eventually decrypted a large percentage of them.
These secret Soviet cables revealed the names of Americans Soviet espionage agents, who were not only stealing our military and government secrets, in order to help the Soviets “take us down,” but they were deciding our foreign and domestic policies as well. Many of these spies were not removed from working in our government — and hundreds in the Venona cables were never decrypted. Who knows how many Soviet agents were never even mentioned in the cables?
identification of spies
The Venona cables revealed the truth of the testimonies of Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley. Both of them had been Soviet espionage agents. Elizabeth was the person who replaced Whittaker after he defected from the Communist party. She later defected. Both Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley had been couriers relaying secrets to Moscow from top spies in our government. One such Soviet agent was Alger Hiss, who eventually went to jail for perjury. He was not sent to jail as a Russian Communist espionage agent, because the statute of limitations had passed.
The Venona documents also confirm the validity of the attempts by Joseph McCarthy, to alert the country of Communist infiltration of our government.
Still today you will find in textbooks the false story that Alger Hiss was an innocent man falsely charged by a madman (Whittaker Chambers). And you will read of Joseph McCarthy imagining Communists were everywhere.
Venona documents became public in the 1990s – 50 years after the fact
Though decrypted in the 1940s and 1950s, these documents were kept from the public for about 50 years. This allowed Soviets to become more entrenched, and for the narrative of their innocence to be cemented into our culture.
The Venona documents were communications among those actively stealing secret plans from our country and Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. Many of those stealing secrets were people in our own governments, who were in positions to affect international and internal policies in our governments. The thefts were meant to destroy our countries.
Two books about the secrets and spies exposed by the Venona Project
Two books that have been written about the Venona Secrets
that were released to the public in 1995: