[cryptography] NSA Critiques Public Key Cryptography in 1986

John Young jya at pipeline.com
Sat Mar 23 20:24:29 EDT 2013

NSA Cryptolog, August-September 1986 reviews Ralph Merkel's
book, Secrecy, Authentication,and Public Key Systems, with disdain
and dismissal:

"No library need acquire this tract."

The once Secret review cites the PKC work of James Ellis, Malcolm
Williamson and Cliff Cocks at GCHQ eleven years before their role
became public in 1997.


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