[Cryptography] German investigation says the NSA probably didn't tap Merkel's phone after all

Tom Mitchell mitch at niftyegg.com
Tue Apr 28 19:36:49 EDT 2015

On Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 8:14 PM, Jerry Leichter <leichter at lrw.com> wrote:

> On Apr 11, 2015, at 7:25 PM, Andreas Junius <andreas.junius at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I can't read that from the article you mentioned. It says "...has found
> no evidence that the tapping ever occurred. ..."
> >
> > Not finding evidence is a different matter than finding (evidence) that
> something did not happen.
> So if a newspaper runs a story saying that an anonymous informant says
> that you, Andreas Junius, personally wiretapped Angela Merkel ... we must
> believe it thereafter?  What evidence can you produce that it *didn't*
> happen?
> This is how conspiracy theories begin and grow.  No amount of "proof" is
> ever enough.

Proving a negative is impossible and correlation is not causality.

Conspiracy & FUD are evil tools.

A crypto issue is that FUD that asserts a crypto tool has a backdoor or a
weakness can keep a worthy tool from being used when it should be.

  T o m    M i t c h e l l
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