1997-12-22 - Re: Civil War Crypto Question… (fwd)

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From: Thomas Porter <txporter@mindspring.com>
To: Jim Choate <cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
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Message ID: <19971222120800.13559@vasili.rlf.org>
Reply To: <199712221521.JAA17610@einstein.ssz.com>
UTC Datetime: 1997-12-22 17:04:54 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 23 Dec 1997 01:04:54 +0800

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From: Thomas Porter <txporter@mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 1997 01:04:54 +0800
To: Jim Choate <cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Subject: Re: Civil War Crypto Question... (fwd)
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On Mon, Dec 22, 1997 at 09:21:05AM -0600, Jim Choate wrote:
> Friedman? Who the hell is Friedman? None of my references has anyone by that
> named listed, let alone involved.

Tsk, Tsk, A cyppherpunk not knowing who Wiliam F. Friedman was?  Author of many
texts on cryptography, ... was a master at cryptanalysis during the two World
Wars and could be called the father of American cryptography.

around 1917, became the head of the Department of Ciphers. During this time
America became engaged in World War I. Intercepted messages were given to
Friedman and he was successful in breaking each and every one of them. 

Probably wrote analysis of early US military crypto systems that the
reference was drawn from.
Tom Porter                                       txporter@mindspring.com
   "I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and
    violence, I would advise violence." Mahatma Gandhi