The U.S. Army's Signal Intelligence Service, the precursor to the National Security Agency, began a secret program in February 1943 later codenamed VENONA

The mission of this small program was to examine and exploit Soviet diplomatic communications but after the program began, the message traffic included espionage efforts as well.

Although it took almost two years before American cryptologists were able to break the KGB encryption, the information gained through these transactions provided U.S. leadership insight into Soviet intentions and treasonous activities of government employees until the program was canceled in 1980.

The VENONA files are most famous for exposing Julius (code named LIBERAL) and Ethel Rosenberg and help give indisputable evidence of their involvement with the Soviet spy ring.

The first of six public releases of translated VENONA messages was made in July 1995 and included 49 messages about the Soviets' efforts to gain information on the U.S. atomic bomb research and the Manhattan Project. Over the course of five more releases, all of the approximately 3,000 VENONA translations were made public.

 24NOV_R_TRANSFERRED.PDF"R" was transferred under guard 24 November (Release 4)
 21MAY_ROK.PDF"ROK's" behaviour
 8APR_SANTO_ATHLETES.PDF"SANTO" and the "ATHLETES", "SPIRITED", and "GLORY" 8 April (Release 5)
 8APR_SANTO_ATHLETES_AMEND.PDF"SANTO" and the "ATHLETES", "SPIRITED", and "GLORY", amendments 8 April (Release 5)
 1SEP_SANTO.PDF"SANTO" to receive data from "ATHLETES" in connection with his work on Soviet Legation in Canberra
 30DEC_SERZHANT.PDF"SERZhANT" 30 December 1942 (Release 5)
 17NOV_SERZHANTS_TRANSMISSIONS.PDF"SERZhANT's" transmissions 17 November 1942 (Release 5)
 14OCT_SERZHANTS.PDF"SERZhANT'S" work 12 October 1942 (Release 5)
 22NOV_SHELK.PDF"ShELK" "PIK" "DEVUShKA'" 22 November (Release 5)
 23MAR_SHULGIN.PDF"ShULGIN", a source in Comrade VUL's organization 23 March (Release 5)
 23OCT_BRITISH_COLONEL_BAILEY.PDF"STARShIJ's" report of conversation with British Colonel Bailey 23 October (Release 5)
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