[Cryptography] French election attacked.

Phillip Hallam-Baker phill at hallambaker.com
Fri May 5 23:55:51 EDT 2017

Might we hope that this is a huge deal for cryptography? France has
traditionally been the Western country with the most restrictive laws on
the use of cryptography.

Perhaps now that the political class will realize that it is in the
crosshairs of an attack by an enemy power (and yes, it is obviously another
Russian attack). And if they realize they are the main group requiring
cryptography, they will stop trying to prohibit it.

When I worked on crypto as part of the Web team at CERN, I was once
searched three times on one trip to see my parents. Once by UK customs
going in, once going out and again by French customs entering. One of the
main reasons the Web does not have the security infrastructure we wanted
was the constant harassment in the 1990s.

We must defeat the attempts by Comey to get similar controls introduced in
the US. Ever wonder why Comey hated Hilary Clinton so much that he broke
DoJ policy and sent his infamous letter? Ever wonder why Louis Freeh got
involved in Ken Starr's plot to perjury trap Bill Clinton? I believe the
crypto issue played a large part in both decisions.

The FBI Directorship has long been a malignant office that has engaged in
criminal activities for despicable ends. It is time to eliminate it. It is
time to make strong end-to-end encryption the ubiquitous in Internet
emails. The threat is Comey. The threat is Putin. They are both enemies of
democracy and the free world. They must both be defeated.
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