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Speaker for June meeting: JASON FAGONE
Jason Fagone is a journalist and author of several books, including the one featured in this interview. He is a journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle and an author with Dey Street Books.
Previously, he covered technology, sports, and culture for the Huffington Post Highline and other places.
In 2014-15 he was a Knight-Wallace Fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan, and now lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
Topic: Elizebeth Friedman "The Woman Who Smashed Codes"
Our presentation this month will be an AFIO NOW video interview with Jason Fagone, author of the 2017 book
"The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies"
Interviewer: Deborah Bonanni, former Chief of Staff, NSA; AFIO Board.
Host: James Hughes, AFIO President, a former CIA Operations Officer
Jason Fagone and Deborah Bonanni discuss the relatively unknown cryptographer Elizebeth Friedman,
her beginnings and remarkable achievements in codebreaking -- including in foreign languages she did not know -- her alliance and marriage to NSA "founder" William Friedman;
her work at Riverbank Labs; Rum running; and many other hidden aspects of an outstanding (at times astonishing) "in the shadows" life assisting the nation.
The interview runs 37 minutes and includes several Q&As.
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