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1866: First Encoded American Diplomatic Telegram

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

23 November 1866: The first encoded American diplomatic telegram, sent by Secretary of State William Seward.

Excerpt below is from Ralph E. Weber's "Seward's Other Folly: America's First Encrypted Cable" (PDF available on the NSA.gov site - see link at end of page.)

Seward's original plain-text message of 780 words, when encoded, grew to 1,237 number groups, with an additional 88 code symbols spelled out. There were also more than 35 transmission errors and it took more than six hours to transmit. And the cable was quite expensive.... although the bill for September and October of that year had been just under $80 each month, the bill for just the 23 November encoded message was $19,540.50. The total bill for November was just under $25,000 (equal to the salary of the President and three times the Seward's salary!) The Secretary of State was unwilling and unable to pay the charges.

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The NCF's Vision is to Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

The Foundation provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and cyber education and careers,  hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events, and honors the people— past, present, and future—whose contributions to our national security protect and make possible our way of life.

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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 NCF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

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