In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, John Young writes:

>Related: We have a three-year-old FOIA request to NSA for 
>information on:
>  The invention, discovery and development of "non-secret 
>  encryption" (NSE) and public key cryptography (PKC) by 
>  United Kingdom, United States, or any other nation's 
>  intelligence and cryptology agencies, prior to, parallel with, 
>  or subsequent to, the PKC work of Diffie-Hellman-Merkle. 
>NSA has recently said that some responsive information 
>may be released in the near future, although it is not clear if 
>that is weeks or months or years away.

Can you amend that to ask for digital signature information, too?  From 
my research on Permissive Action Links, I think there's some chance 
that digital signatures were invented separately, possibly by NSA 
before GCHQ's non-secret encryption work.

                --Steve Bellovin, (me)
       (2nd edition of "Firewalls" book)

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