WW2 era "Ultra" program which itself was probably a sucessor to some other corrupt intelligence framework:
Ultra was the designation adopted by British military intelligence in June 1941 for wartime signals intelligence obtained by breaking high-level encrypted enemy radio and teleprinter communications at the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park. Ultra eventually became the standard designation among the western Allies for all such intelligence...
The code name Boniface was used as a cover name for Ultra. In order to ensure that the successful code-breaking did not become apparent to the Germans, British intelligence created a fictional MI6 master spy, Boniface, who controlled a fictional series of agents throughout Germany. Information obtained through code-breaking was often attributed to the human intelligence from the Boniface network. The U.S. used the codename Magic for its decrypts from Japanese sources including the so-called "Purple" cipher.
...The existence of Ultra was kept secret for many years after the war. After it was revealed in the middle 1970s, historians have altered the historiography of World War II. For example, Andrew Roberts, writing in the 21st century, states, "Because he had the invaluable advantage of being able to read [General Erwin] Rommel's Enigma communications, [Field Marshall Bernard] Montgomery knew how short the Germans were of men, ammunition, food and above all fuel. When he put Rommel's picture up in his caravan he wanted to be seen to be almost reading his opponent's mind. In fact he was reading his mail."
"Ultra" used to be aimed at codebreaking of German Nazi communications. That by itself would have been an understandable goal during a wartime scenario, but the program never ended and instead it expanded to target political adversaries in general.
One of technological focused parts within the Anglosphere to create a platform for such spying was rebranded "Five Eyes", recently in the news thanks to China/Huawei drama:
The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.
The origins of the FVEY can be traced back to the post–World War II period, when the Atlantic Charter was issued by the Allies to lay out their goals for a post-war world. During the course of the Cold War, the ECHELON surveillance system was initially developed by the FVEY to monitor the communications of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, although it is now used to monitor billions of private communications worldwide.
Five Eyes communication sharing platform + "Vault 7" type tools shared across Westernized intelligence agencies = universal spying over communications
WikiLeaks Vault 7: Encrypted Apps Like Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp Not So Secure
...These techniques permit the CIA to bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman by hacking the ‘smart’ phones that they run on and collecting audio and message traffic before encryption is applied.”
Non-alligned communications platforms (5g by Huawei) threaten the entire intelligence sharing community on both a technological front, and a psychological front.
And the much, much darker element than the spying (at least somewhat understandable) was the other part of the old "Ultra" program, the psychological part. The "Ultra" name was integrated into the infamous "MK-Ultra", a "codebreaking" of the human mind allegedly created to counter and defend against "Muh Soviet/Chinese mind control threats", but in reality to pacify domestic civilian unrest.
"Authoritarianism" (ie supporting any sort of efficient government that's providing adequate social services, and growing a middle class, instead of an exploitative bureaucracy) is considered a mental disease:
So that's why Washpo uses this wording when a country like China (which is flawed of course, but has some objective good aspects) is "exporting authoritarianism abroad"
China exports its high-tech authoritarianism to Venezuela. It must be stopped.
"Liberal democracy" and anti-authoritarianism are based upon oppressive structures of psychologically re-constructing the healthy human mind to be some sort of kleptocrat's dystopian dream
It is so extreme they even gatekeep research around Buddhist Meditation to heighten these efforts
They gatekeep historiography around successful revolutions that overthrow these oppressive structures
They gatekeep learning of how oppressive structures are hidden from the public
How did Project MKUltra maintain its secrecy so effectively for twenty years? Across 80 reported institutions, how was there not even one whistle-blower? What eventually compelled the government to go public in 1975?(self.AskHistorians)
...As to your “how did it remain secret for so long” there’s a couple of suspected reasons with someone anecdotal explanation.
Fear of losing security clearance. Even today losing a security clearance is a massive deterrent to releasing information with long jail sentences.
This is the anecdotal part. The government is VERY good at delegating duties and information on a “need-to-know” basis. So I’m sure most of the institutions did not know the full extent of the experiments.
And a large part of their pacification training is "fear shaming", it's like an attempt at psychologically lobotomizing people
..."Individuals with a large amygdala [conservatives] are more sensitive to fear, which, taken together with our findings, might suggest the testable hypothesis that individuals with larger amygdala are more inclined to integrate conservative views into their belief system."
..."Moreover, the amplitude of event-related potentials reflecting neural activity associated with conflict monitoring in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is greater for liberals compared to conservatives . Thus, stronger liberalism is associated with increased sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern and with brain activity in anterior cingulate cortex.”