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Code Words, Euphemisms and What They Can Tell Us About Cold War Anglo-American Communications Intelligence

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-895
Number of pages21
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


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This study examines the code words and euphemisms which protected Anglo-American communications intelligence (Comint) during the Cold War. It explains how the code word security system operated and identifies the main Comint code words and euphemisms in effect from 1946 to 1999. The article then uses these code words and euphemisms to interpret declassified American documents and reveal more information about Anglo-American Comint on the Congo, Bolivia, Indonesia, South Vietnam and China in the 1960s.

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