[IWAR] CRYPTO U.S. crypto czar's travel records revealed (fwd)

From: Mark Hedges (hedgesat_private)
Date: Tue Jan 27 1998 - 11:55:44 PST

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    Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 20:54:18 -0500
    From: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
    To: politechat_private
    Subject: FC: U.S. crypto czar's travel records revealed
    >From EPIC newsletter
    [3] EPIC Obtains U.S. Crypto Czar's Travel Records
    Following a year-long legal battle, EPIC has obtained over 500 pages of
    materials from the U.S. State Department on the international travels of
    David Aaron, the former U.S. Envoy for Cryptography.  Aaron also served
    as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
    Development when the OECD was developing its encryption policy
    The released documents show Ambassador Aaron made frequent trips around
    the world lobbying for international adoption of key escrow encryption.
    He visited Australia, Belgium (both the European Union & Belgian
    governments), Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United
    Kingdom.  The documents also indicate that he went to South Africa, and
    met with the counselor of the Latvian embassy in Paris and with Russian
    Finance Ministry officials.
    Even before Aaron was appointed as President Clinton's "Special Envoy for
    Cryptography," U.S. State Department messages indicate that the United
    States was making overtures to various countries via American embassies
    around the world.  These include the diplomatic posts in Canberra,
    London, Tokyo, Ottawa, Tel Aviv, Paris, Bonn, The Hague and Moscow.  One
    message to these foreign posts announced the revised U.S. cryptography
    export policy (the key recovery within two years or "no export" rule).
    The public announcement of that policy was made on October 1, 1996.
    Aaron apparently was not always greeted warmly in his travels.  In Japan,
    the government requested that the meetings be kept secret and that the
    press not be informed.  Even the U.S. Embassy in Japan was less than
    enthusiastic -- the embassy suggested that Aaron and his delegation could
    take the airport bus to their hotel rather than be picked up by an
    embassy driver.
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