1997-08-04 - Re: Denning backs away from GAK

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From: stewarts@ix.netcom.com
To: Tim May <tcmay@got.net>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-08-04 18:42:55 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 02:42:55 +0800

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From: stewarts@ix.netcom.com
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 02:42:55 +0800
To: Tim May <tcmay@got.net>
Subject: Re: Denning backs away from GAK
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At 08:22 PM 8/1/97 -0700, Tim May wrote:
>I disagree. A likely scenaria, I fear, is this:
>* Denning's new study gets publicity
>* Denning is "redeemed" and gains new influence
>* GAK is delayed for this year
>* Denning continues her study
>* Next year's report finds solid evidence that crypto is being used to
>hinder investigations, and has indeed had an effect.
>* Denning's new conclusions, and her redemption, 
>will generate support for GAK.

Tim, being more cynical than I am, is probably correct :-)
But still, we should take advantage of it when we can;
never miss a chance to use government statistics in ways that
annoy their originators....

Denning's previous big-publicity study was the interim report on
Clipper security (saying Skipjack was apparently quite strong),
which achieved its propaganda goals; the final report, which was supposed
to address the whole Clipper system, including the on-chip parts
and the key escrow process in the NSA/Mykotronix vault, was never
released, which I consider to be a substantial piece of intellectual

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