Ivy Bells

   The code name “Ivy Bells” referred to a top secret U.S. Navy program to tap undersea Soviet communication lines using submarines. The program was betrayed to the KGB by Ronald Pelton in 1985. Pelton, in need of money, provided the Soviets with detailed reporting, which ended one of the U.S. government’s most successful and innovative signals intelligence programs. It cost Moscow $35,000 to buy secrets of a program that had cost Washington hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and implement.

Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. . 2014.

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