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Elizebeth Friedman: Cryptanalyst Pioneer

Clip: Season 33 Episode 1 | 1m 6s

Elizebeth Smith Friedman was an American codebreaker from Indiana. During Prohibition, her decrypts and testimony brought down international drug rings and liquor smugglers. Friedman’s codebreaking in WWII enabled the US to win the “Battle of the Atlantic” and smash Nazi spy rings.

Aired: 01/11/21

Rating: NR

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