In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel worried that the U.S. electronic spy agency was pushing the new techniques not because they were good encryption tools, but because it knew how to break them.
ROBERT STEELE: When I sounded the alarm over cyber-security in 1994, it never occurred to me that NSA would commit treason or that CEOs across the US IT industry would betray their stakeholders by allowing NSA to put in infantile back doors that in turn spawned the Russian and Chinese hacking industries (the Israelis have owned NSA and US law enforcement since the 1980’s). We now know that no government agency, least of all NSA, can be trusted to secure communications and computing. I miss Robert Garigue (RIP); his 1990’s vision was communicated to both Army and NSA leaders, and ignored. Today I look to William Binney and John McAfee for leadership with integrity.