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PHOTOS: Xerox Helped Win The Cold War

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Roy Zoppth Roy Zoppoth stands over a Xerox 914 copy machine, the world's first, which was used in soviet embassies all over the world. The machine was so complex that the CIA used a tiny camera designed by Zoppoth to capture documents copied on the machine by the soviets and retrieved them using a "Xerox repairman" right under the eyes of soviet security. Photo from edit international courtesy of Roy Zoppoth


Hidden A secret photo by Zoppoth showing the camera inside the Xerox 914 copy machine. It is marked with an x. The insides of the copier were so complex that Xerox repairmen could enter a highly-guarded soviet embassy, reach in and retrieve the camera, replace it with a camera full of new film - all under the eyes of soviet security men, who like everyone else in the world, had no understanding of the new and complex Xerox copier. Photo from edit international courtesy of Roy Zoppoth


Film One day CIA agents swept into the secret offices of the Xerox team and gathered every trace of their work, saying they were to forget what they had been doing, that the CIA would from now on produce their own spy cameras. Zoppoth managed to save a few pieces of secret film strips including this one. Photo by Ron Laytner, Edit International


Xerox A Xerox 914 copy machine -the type of copier that captured over many years, thousands of secret documents for us intelligence. Photo from Edit International



Blue print drawing of Zoppoth's secretly patented 'slit' camera that was used for years in all soviet Xerox copiers as well as in the copiers of us allies. Photo from Edit International


Patent Secret patent filed December 5th 1967, at the height of the cold war by Roy Zoppoth for his tiny 'slit' camera that intercepted and made copies on all documents copied on Xerox machines in soviet embassies around the world. He said he later realized from the number of cameras being made that the CIA was copying documents made by all embassies - friend and foe alike. Photo from Edit International


Langley Spies at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia sent CIA operatives, posing as Xerox workers, to install secret cameras in early copy machines. First targets were all Soviet Union embassies, and later, embassies of America’s friends and foes alike around the world. Photo from Edit International


Embassy The former soviet embassy on 16th street in Washington DC, is now the home of the Russian ambassador to the us. Photo by center for counterintelligence


NSA The black mirrored headquarters of NSA, the National Security Agency, which can listen in to almost every phone call on earth. Photo from Edit International

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