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1924: William Friedman testifies re: Teapot Dome scandal.

Saturday, March 6, 2021
1924: William Friedman testifies re: Teapot Dome scandal.

6 March 1924: William Friedman testified before a Senate committee investigating the Teapot Dome scandal.

In 1924 William Friedman testified before a congressional committee regarding coded telegrams exchanged during the Teapot Dome scandal (Herzog 2000), which involved the secret leasing of U.S. government-owned lands to private developers in exchange for bribes. The oil-rich land was meant to provide U.S. naval ships with fuel in a national emergency. Then-Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall first got jurisdiction over the land transferred from the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Interior, then secretly leased the land to two oil companies. The scandal was also known as the Oil Reserves and Elk Hills scandal. Though Friedman's testimony about coded telegrams added an air of intrigue to the proceedings, there was little cryptanalytic heavy-lifting involved as the incriminating messages were encoded with readily available codebooks, including one used by the Department of Justice. Friedman’s decryption of the coded telegrams led to a prison sentence for Fall and the resignation of other top government officials, including the Secretary of the Navy and the Attorney General (Bennett 1999; Herzog 2000).

Bennett, Leslie E. One lesson from history: Appointment of special counsel in the investigation of the Teapot Dome scandal, A Summary of the Teapot Dome Scandal from the Brookings Institution [Online]. (1999).

Herzog, Brad. The best code cracker of them all, Cornell Alumni Magazine [Online]. (January–February 2000).

William Friedman Photo Credit: NCM

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.