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SOUD, standing for System of Joint Acquisition of Enemy Data was a computerized intelligence exchange system where information acquired by the intelligence and security agencies from participating Warshaw pact countries was stored.

The intelligence exchange organization was founded in 1977, and its initial goal was to safeguard the USSR from 'foreign threats' during the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Stasi engineers conceived the system using stolen Western technology, and it was operational in 1979. Its main computer was based in Moscow, the input language was Russian and the Russians had control over access to the system. Nevertheless, the Stasi was the foremost contributor of the intelligence exchange system, with around a quarter of the entries submitted, followed only by the KGB. Other members of SOUD were Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Mongolia and Cuba. They were later joined by Vietnam.

Because of the boycott of the Summer Olympics of 1980, most of the potential threats didn't materialise, but the system remained operational. Its databases include names of agents, zionists, hostile religious organisations, organisations of emigrants, journalists, diplomats, cultural and commercial attachés, representatives of airlines, etc. etc. Information found in Stasi documents reveals that in 1989 more than 11,100 names were collected. Most of them included a personal description, the maiden name of the mother and a sample of the handwriting. A query could be handled in less than 4 hours time.

Usage examples of "soud".

Dolthan turned to Souder, who had quietly returned during the discussion.

He arranged them so that Souder and the three false detectives were with Parrell, all covering Kermal, Goodling and Claig.

That was the only reason why The Shadow had left Souder to someone else.

February 2005, Boston radio station WBUR-FM featured a debate between two members of Congress known for their deep religious beliefs: Mark Souder of Indiana and David Price of North Carolina.

Souder nodded and went to the telephone, which Parrell had relinquished.