If we had time machines someone would soooo be fired

Thanks to Life Magazine, a pre-war German espionage cypher has been revealed:

What you see here is a photo that never should have been allowed to be taken, and one which provides an amazing, one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world of WWII espionage and counter-espionage. As far as I can tell, what is shown in this picture is an FBI agent in New York encrypting a message, passed from “DUNN” – Duquesne – through Sebold, prior to transmitting that message to Germany via shortwave radio.

There’s more discussion on this photo taking place on Bruce Schneier’s site that’s worth reading for any crypto fans. Incredibly fascinating stuff.

One thought on “If we had time machines someone would soooo be fired

  1. Amazing! This is another one of those times that I wish my grandpa was still alive – he would have loved to read about this. He worked in the decryption area here in Ottawa for the first few years of the war (he had tried to enlist, but he’d had TB, so was turned down), and even though he left that area to go back to the steel industry in 42 or 43 (a complete other story), he was fascinated by encryption and puzzles all his life.

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