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Report #131 03/01/17

ENIGMA M42
I studied the past several months of Numbers & Oddities newsletters looking at the Russian Government & Intelligence loggings. I wanted to review items bearing link designators formerly in use during the late 80s-early 2000 period. In the 3rd paragraph of Report #123, I commented on the just concluded agreement between Russia and Nicaragua. In addition to some military equipment, construction of a communications monitoring installation was included. When that information appeared in the press I wondered if we would see a reactivation of the Cuba/Nicaragua link of years ago. That came about as evidenced by the reappearance of link designator 00125. In addition to 00125 we have seen three additional link identifiers show up that were also in use during the above mentioned period.. These are 00116, 00117 and 00127. This latter was formerly callsign JMS and that link designator reappeared October 25th of 2016.
I previously mentioned in Report #128 that a monitor in Spain could hear 00117 but not 00116. A signal beamed in a westerly direction from Cuba might very well not be heard in Spain. I speculated that maybe 00116 was Mexico City but a tentative long standing identification for that location had a different link identifier (callsign GMN). A more likely possibility could be the Russian Consulate in San Francisco which was known to be involved in monitoring activities. For the other two link identifiers of 00117 and 00127, one of those might be the Russian UN Delegation and the other the Russian Embassy in Washington DC.

BOOKSHELF ITEM
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Story of Magic - Memoirs of an American Cytological Pioneer". This is a great read and was of particular interest to me as I had briefly met Mr. Rowlett on one of my visits to NSA. The following excerpt from the book jacket is a capsule view of the book contents.
"In addition to Mr. Rowlett's long and distinguished career in the field of cytological inventions, equally important was the success of Rowlett and his half-dozen associates in the breaking of several Japanese cipher machines used for diplomatic traffic before and during World War II. The most important of these machines was known as PURPLE. How these cipher machines were broken makes fascinating and intriguing reading, as the reader will find. The book is available from Aegean Park Press, PO Box 2837, Laguna Hills, CA 92654.

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