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Venona Project Homepage, NSA (Decrypted Soviet Cables, Coulter source for Treason book)
National Security Agency ^ | July 1995 (Documents Made Public)

Posted on 06/26/2003 7:25:55 AM PDT by Stultis

Introduction to the VENONA Project
An Effort to Digitize and Enhance the VENONA Documents
by Mr. William P. Crowell, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency

In July 1995 the Intelligence Community ended a 50-year silence regarding one of cryptology's most splendid successes - the VENONA Project. VENONA was the codename used for the U.S. Signals Intelligence effort to collect and decrypt the text of Soviet KGB and GRU messages from the 1940's. These messages provided extraordinary insight into Soviet attempts to infiltrate the highest levels of the United States Goverment.
Today, we are proud to offer these exceptional documents on the NSA home page and we invite you to study and interpret them in the context of history. NSA has declassified over 3000 messages related to VENONA. We believe they will not only provide a window into Soviet espionage during the 1940's, but will also give you a glimpse of the important contributions signals intelligence and cryptographic expertise make to our nation's security.

The Link:

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 5; communism; communists; coulter; hiss; hollywood; nsa; spy; spying; treason; venona
Previous FR threads. (Searched archive for "Venona"):

Remembrances of VENONA ^
      Posted by ckilmer
On 05/06/2003 10:39 AM CDT with 10 comments

National Security Agency ^ | 11 July 1995 | Mr. William P. Crowell
Remembrances of VENONA ---------------------------------------- National Cryptologic Museum NSA Home Page Note: The following are the remarks made by Mr. William P. Crowell, Deputy Director of NSA when the declassification of the VENONA project was announced at CIA Headquarters on 11 July 1995. Mr. Crowell retired from NSA on 12 September 1997. In the early 1960's, shortly after joining NSA, I was one of a small but fortunate group of agency employees invited to a meeting with Frank Rowlett, one of the eminent NSA cryptologists who had been so successful during World War II. For over an hour Frank told us...
We Told You So - Secret Venona Intercepts ^
      Posted by First_Salute
On 07/06/2002 11:31 AM CDT with 73 comments

Insight on the News ^ | Vol. 13, No. 37 -- Oct. 6-13, 1997 | Stephen Goode, 1st article; Tiffany Danitz, 2nd
For education and discussion purposes only. We Told You So By Stephen Goode Since the fall of the Soviet Union, hard proof confirms that the Communist Party U.S.A. was active in espionage and clandestine activities. Liberals steadfastly claimed it wasn't true. What amazes me is that it is far worse than I thought," Hoover In-stitution research fellow Arnold Beichman tells Insight, emphasizing every word. Beichman, author of books such as Anti-American Myths: Their Causes and Consequences, is talking about the amount of espionage and clandestine activity carried out by American members of the Communist Party in the United States from...
Secrets, Lies and Atomic Spies - the Venona Project on NOVA, PBS ^
      Posted by edwin hubble
On 02/05/2002 7:33 PM CST with 29 comments

NOVA on pbs 8pm EST ^ | 2/5/2002 | NOVA production
Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies NOVA reveals startling new evidence that Soviet spies penetrated America's deepest secrets, including the Manhattan Project, in the 1940's. By cracking the code of Soviet diplomatic cables, the FBI was able to hunt down "atom spies" such as Klaus Fuchs and Julius Rosenberg. But the true "master spy," a physicist named Ted Hall, got away -- and his gripping story is presented for the first time by NOVA. Original broadcast date: 2/5/2002 Topics: biography, mathematics, technology/crime, technology/weapons and warfare *************** (from NOVA website:) Welcome to the companion Web site to "Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies," ...
What Red Scare? HUAC And Venona ^
      Posted by Radioheart
On 08/29/2001 9:28 AM CDT with 11 comments ^ | August 29, 2001 | Ronald Radosh
What Red Scare? HUAC And Venona By Ronald Radosh In the past two weeks, much has been made of the announcement that the US National Archives has released 600 boxes of previously sealed records from the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Actually, only one box has been released so far. continue…
The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage [book review] ^
      Posted by NativeNewYorker
On 01/23/2001 11:30 AM CST with 20 comments

upi | 1/23/01
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Soviet Cold War espionage has piqued the interest of many for decades. Yet, the unearthing of the Soviets' spy efforts had a simple beginning. In 19 45, a Soviet code clerk in Canada, Igor Gouzenko, defected and told Canadian and U.S. authorities of Soviet espionage in stealing the atomic bomb during World War II. Before Gouzenko was able to meet U.S. authorities, two Americans, Whittaker Chambers, a former editor of Time magazine, and Elizabeth Bentley, later dubbed the "blond spy queen," defected from the Communist Party USA and told the authorities they had acted ...

1 posted on 06/26/2003 7:25:55 AM PDT by Stultis
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To: Stultis
read later - INTSUM
2 posted on 06/26/2003 7:33:55 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: LiteKeeper
Thanks, I'll read it when I get home from work.
3 posted on 06/26/2003 7:48:32 AM PDT by dix
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To: Stultis
Mark for reading.Thanks.
4 posted on 06/26/2003 7:50:55 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: Stultis
5 posted on 06/26/2003 8:01:45 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Stultis

Wasn't Harry (?), FDR's close friend that lived in the White House a Communist Spy??

6 posted on 06/26/2003 8:07:54 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Stultis
7 posted on 06/26/2003 8:23:50 AM PDT by RippleFire
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To: Ann Archy
You probably mean Harry Dexter White, Department of the Treasury number 2 man, Communist spy, advisor to Henry Morganthau, and first chief of the International Monetary Fund. Another very likely candidate was David Niles, Truman advisor on Palestine and Jewish affairs. Niles had the unusual habit of cleaning his desk (i.e., destroying everything) at the close of every year.
8 posted on 06/26/2003 8:26:15 AM PDT by gaspar
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To: Stultis; Prof Engineer
Thanks for the post! bttt
9 posted on 06/26/2003 8:27:50 AM PDT by msdrby (I do believe the cheese slid off his cracker! - The Green Mile)
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To: msdrby
10 posted on 06/26/2003 8:30:34 AM PDT by Auntie Mame (Why not go out on a limb, isn't that where the fruit is?)
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To: gaspar
No, he means Harry Hopkins.

One of the Venona books had a discussion on why Hopkins was probably a Soviet spy. The one reason is that Hopkins met the illegal rezident (the second Soviet spymaster who is in the US not as an embassy employee, but uncover just in case the embassy is every closed down) and no one other than Soviet spies are supposed to know who this is or meet with him.

11 posted on 06/26/2003 8:36:36 AM PDT by ExpandNATO
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To: gaspar
I believe it was Harry Hopkins who was one of FDR's closest friends. I believe was in charge of FDR's Lend-Lease, that gave the Soviet's everything we had. He was quoted by the Soviet's as being "the most important of all." Hopkins: "Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect, because people are too damn dumb to know the difference." Although, Harry White was right there with the rest of the 'rats.

Heck, I just got done reading some quotes from FDR's chief economic advisor (Rexford Tugwell) and the fact that these people were almost out in the open with some of their views is scary.
12 posted on 06/26/2003 8:41:06 AM PDT by cwb
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To: cwboelter
More likely both.

The ROSENBURG'S were identified based on these NSA Soviet decrypts .....but their prosecutor had problems enough OTHER evidence to convict them so the crypto would NOT be revealed!
13 posted on 06/26/2003 8:46:03 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
And Alger Hiss is STILL guilty!
14 posted on 06/26/2003 9:14:54 AM PDT by Kozak (" No mans life liberty or property is safe when the legislature is in session." Mark Twain)
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To: Stultis
This is great stuff!

I heard Ann Coulter talking about this on H&C last evening.

Reads like is is straight from a Clancy novel.

15 posted on 06/26/2003 10:02:52 AM PDT by Tank-FL (Keep the Faith - GO VMI)
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To: Stultis
I've read a couple of the recent Venona books, at it is quite frightening to realize how deeply penentrated the US govt was, at its highest levels, at the height of the Cold War.

Those books, plus Chambers' Witness, are must-reads.

16 posted on 06/26/2003 10:16:35 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Chapter one of John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr's book on Venona is on-line here
17 posted on 06/26/2003 10:24:54 AM PDT by DPB101
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Vindication for your namesake, Ping.
18 posted on 06/26/2003 10:51:30 AM PDT by Stultis
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To: cwboelter
Harry Hopkins was also a large force in the creation of Socialist Security.....(that should tell you something aobut the plan..)
19 posted on 06/26/2003 11:23:44 AM PDT by hobbes1 ( Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: Ann Archy
Harry Hopkins and Lauchin Currie were President Roosevelt's most trusted advisors and gate keepers, they both lived in the White House. They both were Russian spys substantiated by Venona files.
20 posted on 06/26/2003 12:14:21 PM PDT by subrosa sam (subrosasam)
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To: Stultis
Bump for later.
21 posted on 06/26/2003 12:17:47 PM PDT by StriperSniper (Frogs are for gigging)
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To: Stultis
Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies,.....Or... Joe McCarthy was more right than he ever knew
22 posted on 06/26/2003 1:13:33 PM PDT by quietolong
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To: Stultis; backhoe
On a related note, link cataloguer par excellence, backhoe, has created a thread regarding the vindication and rehabilitation of Joseph McCarthy here:

Tailgunner Joe--Where Have You Gone, Joe McCarthy?

23 posted on 06/26/2003 1:20:16 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: Stultis
Thanks for the link.

Basic question is - who led the McCarthy lynching and why?

24 posted on 06/26/2003 1:29:54 PM PDT by ex-snook
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To: Stultis
Bump for later read.
25 posted on 06/26/2003 1:34:43 PM PDT by wjcsux
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To: Stultis
I thank you- my Mom, ( who passed away recently ) ended up in Army Intelligence in WWII ( she was a Master Sarge in the WACs and got injured stateside ) and she was a big supporter of old Joe. To the day she died, she maintained there were things she had learned on the job that her oaths forbade talking about. The closest she ever came to telling me was simply "There were many more Communists in the government than anyone ever suspected."
26 posted on 06/26/2003 1:42:22 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the sunset...)
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To: Stultis
Way to go! You are the tip of the sword! I'm surprised they bumped this thread off the side bar. If anyone wants to back up Coulter, the Venona Project is the way to go.
27 posted on 06/26/2003 3:26:16 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (LIBERTY or DEATH!)
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To: MeeknMing
This buried thread is a vital gem to understanding the heart of Coulter's McCarthy debate. FReegards....
28 posted on 06/26/2003 3:31:12 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (LIBERTY or DEATH!)
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To: backhoe
That must have made a huge impression on your life, which, IMHO, ultimately helped guide this forum. God bless your mom. Thank you for sharing that. I bet Coulter warms your heart, these days. But you know, the attacks by liberals on Coulter are likely to get savage. I would be surprised if they aren't working on it now. If her book gets last say on the McCarthy debate, they lose another claw. And they don't have many claws left. So they would do anything to take her down right now. It is important for leading conservatives to arm themselves on Venona. FReegards....
29 posted on 06/26/2003 3:41:07 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (LIBERTY or DEATH!)
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To: ex-snook
Actually, having heard "The Red Hunter" tapes, McCarthy was turned on by, of all people, Ike. McCarthy led the mandate on ridding DC of several hundred beaurocrats who were card carrying members of the Communist Party, or similar organizations.

Ike took up the Cause. When he was elected, there was a great purging. But McCarthy wasn't satisfied. He didn't believe the purging was thorough enough. And apparently, Federal documents backed him up, if I'm not mistaken. Ike had already declared victory and didn't want to fire any more communists. They had run-in.

And then, it got ugly. McCarthy's top advisor, according to the tapes I read [based on William F. Buckley Jr.'s book], didn't like being in conflict with Ike and drifted away. A new top advisor filled the gap, a closet homosexual, who had a sodomy partner in the military. The new advisor tried to bully members of the military into helping his 'close friend' get a transfer and a promotion. When Ike's team heard about that, it was over. McCarthy, ever loyal, refused to believe any accusations like that, and stayed loyal to his new advisor.

As I see it, Ike was no saint. At the same time, McCarthy blew it big time. It's hard to put a halo on a guy like that. However, he's no demon, either. FReegards....
30 posted on 06/26/2003 3:54:11 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (LIBERTY or DEATH!)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

31 posted on 06/26/2003 4:09:01 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !:
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To: subrosa sam
Harry Hopkins!! That's the one. I've never heard of the other person and another freeper had ANOTHER name of a spy. That FDR was either VERY DUMB and CLUELESS ....OR....he was in on the whole thing!!
32 posted on 06/26/2003 4:52:41 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
Thanks, Arthur- my Mom was quite a woman in her day... it was people like her who rose up from the somewhat isolationist dream that engulfed America in the 1930's and drove the Thousand-Year Reich and the Greater Far East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere into a smoking heap of rubble. I think we still have the iron will to do it again with militant Islam- but only time will tell...
33 posted on 06/27/2003 12:51:33 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the sunset...)
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To: Ann Archy
Michael Straight, the publisher of the New Republic, was a family friend of the Roosevelts. He was recruited as a Soviet agent at Cambridge. Straight packed his magazine with communists. Eric Alterman's mentor, I.F.Stone, was one Straight hired. During that period (the late 1940s), the New Republic claimed there were no slave labor camps in the Soviet Union. The proof? Slavery could only exist under capitalism.
34 posted on 06/27/2003 1:09:14 AM PDT by DPB101
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To: DPB101
So many Communists little time.

could someone explain why Jewish people seem to lean towards Communism a tad more than other religious grups? Socialism, Communism seems to be a thread on these Jewish intellectuals.

35 posted on 06/27/2003 8:14:26 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy
Marxism is the most effective method to undermine and destroy the Christian faith ever created.
36 posted on 06/27/2003 8:40:37 AM PDT by DPB101
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To: LiteKeeper

The Venona Secrets
by Alan Caruba  (August 23, 2003)

Article website address:

Summary: "Venona" is the name given to a top secret program to break Soviet codes and read intercepted communications between Moscow and its intelligence stations in the West.

[CAPITALISM MAGAZINE.COM]My Father was a subscriber to I.F. Stone's famed newsletter in the 1950s and 60s. Stone was a highly regarded "independent" journalist and his newsletter was always exposing things about Sen. Joseph McCarthy and others who warned against Communist spies and agents of influence. The problem was that I.F. Stone was a Soviet agent of influence, financed by the Kremlin. My Father didn't know that and probably wouldn't have believed it.

He wouldn't have believed that Alger Hiss, a highly placed State Department officer and the first, interim Secretary General of the United Nations, was also a Soviet agent or that Harry Hopkins, one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's top advisors, was also an agent. He probably believed the Rosenbergs who helped the Soviets get our A-bomb secrets weren't guilty, but they were. J. Robert Oppenheimer who directed the Manhattan Project that developed the A-bomb gave aid and assistance to the Soviet Union, but he was so revered after the end of the war the government merely took away his security clearance.

The fact is Joe McCarthy was right, but by now his name has been turned into a dirty word by the same liberal, leftist propaganda machine that today is trying to convince Americans the President "lied" to them about Iraq. They had to wait until after the FBI's first director, J. Edgar Hoover, was dead before they dared to slander his reputation.

How do we know this? The answer is "Venona", the name given to a top secret program to break Soviet codes and read intercepted communications between Moscow and its intelligence stations in the West. The program began in February 1943 by the US Army's Signal Intelligence Service, the forerunner of the National Security Agency. The cables that a small cadre of very young deciphers worked on were initially dispatched between 1940 and 1948, but the effort continued apace from 1947 through 1952, and continued to crack the cable codes right up to 1980.

By the end of Venona, 2,900 Soviet messages had been translated and the yield in intelligence regarding the way the Communist Party USA, directed entirely by the Kremlin, sought to uncover our secrets and to influence government policies is breathtakingly astonishing. In 1995, Venona was declassified.

We can be grateful to Herbert Romerstein and the late Eric Breindel for making the huge effort to tell the story of this extraordinary cipher-breaking program in their book, "The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors" (Regnery Publishing, $19.95, softcover, 608 pages). This book, in part, documents the revelations in Ann Coulter's current bestseller, "Treason." It is based both on the declassified Venona information and on the archives of the Communist International that were kept in Moscow, as well as the files of other Communist parties in Eastern and Central Europe. They became available to researchers after the fall of the Soviet Union.

So why don't more Americans know about the Venona project? Ask that question of the liberal mainstream press that, to this day, still slanders the reputation of those brave men who dared to suggest that the Communist Party USA was a threat to this nation and that "McCarthyism" is still the real threat. The truth is, ignoring your real enemies---as we learned on 9-11---is the real threat.

Venona revealed that US policies were influenced or thwarted because of Americans who were Soviet agents and served high up in our government or were in positions to secure essential wartime information and information that affected our nation's policies during the course of the Cold War. They were quite different from spies who sold out the US for money; they were the true believers in Communism.

Frankly, I doubt my Father fully comprehended the threat of the Soviet Union and the Cold War. I was sure, however, that he bought into every Leftist lie of his day because his day began with The New York Times and included reading The New Republic and even Foreign Affairs, the quarterly of the Council on Foreign Relations. His was a steady diet of propaganda designed to make the dictatorship of the proletariat look like a noble aspiration, a great goal, instead of the enslavement it represented for millions behind the Iron Curtain or subject to it in Red China, North Korea and Cuba.

You shall know the truth and it shall set you free. The truth is, in the 1940s and the decades that followed, the State Department, the US Treasury, the CIO until it expelled some of its unions, and even the US Army, was thoroughly infiltrated by Americans whose loyalty was to the Soviet Union, a nation bent on the destruction of capitalism and the democracy upon which it is based. Ironically, you can thank the Soviet Union for Social Security and for the failure of our present educational system. Both were implemented by Leftists, the latter being based on the former Soviet model.

Hollywood won't tell you that. Instead, you can rent "The Majestic" starring Jim Carrey that includes scenes of a film writer being ruined by the "Red scare" of the 50s. The members of the "Progressive Caucus" in Congress won't tell you that, but they are as Red as they come. The New York Times won't tell you that, but the newspaper's long history of lies is now becoming more widely known.

"The Venona Secrets", however, spells it out and documents it. My father died in 1993. Venona was declassified two years later. He was a good man, an intelligent, well-read man, but he was wrong about a lot of things. He didn't grasp what vast numbers of ordinary, working Americans instinctively understood. The threat was and the threat still is Communism. And now, add to that enemy, the new one, Islam. Not surprisingly, both use terrorism as their primary tool of conquest and control.

About the Author: Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs", posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center.

37 posted on 10/06/2003 6:16:41 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (LIBERTY has arrived in Iraq - Now we can concentrate on HOLLYWEED!)
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38 posted on 11/05/2009 8:48:50 PM PST by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: Stultis; All

I’ve had libs telling me for years that this was all lies, there was NO WAY thier heros were on the Soviet Payroll.

I’m surprised these papers didn’t make in to the fires of the Ministry of Truth’s Memory Hole....

39 posted on 11/05/2009 8:55:10 PM PST by tcrlaf ("Hope" is the most Evil of all Evils"-Neitzsche)
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To: tcrlaf

Excellent Compilation of information on Venona. Saving for later and to share with others.

40 posted on 12/09/2009 8:34:03 AM PST by azkathy (OBAMA IS WEARING OUT MY CAPS LOCK!!!)
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