1994-04-22 - Re: DId you ever think…

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From: Ed Carp <ecarp@netcom.com>
To: Peter Beckman <beckman@sauron.cs.hope.edu>
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UTC Datetime: 1994-04-22 16:57:47 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 22 Apr 94 09:57:47 PDT

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From: Ed Carp <ecarp@netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 94 09:57:47 PDT
To: Peter Beckman <beckman@sauron.cs.hope.edu>
Subject: Re: DId you ever think...
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Um, this is pretty paranoid shit.  The source for PGP is freely available 
- and the first thing that was done after it was released was that people 
started looking at the source for exactly the kinds of things that you 
mention.  None were found.

Of course, there *could* be glaring weaknesses in PGP internally -- and 
that's why the NSA chose to allow it to propogate, just like they did DES.
But I don't believe that there was a conspiracy on the part of the author 
of PGP - after all, that's one more person outside of the control of the 
NSA that would know what was going on, and PRZ's anarchistic tendancies 
are well-known :)

Ed Carp, N7EKG/VE3		ecarp@netcom.com		519/824-3307
If you want magic, let go of your armor.  Magic is so much stronger than
steel!        -- Richard Bach, "The Bridge Across Forever"