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The Imitation Game

There are many stories surrounding World War II that are beyond fascinating, but few reach the level of intrigue that Alan Turing’s does.  The British mathematician is essentially responsible for inventing the computer, and was a Cambridge fellow by the time he was in his mid-twenties.  The man was a genius not just at math, but in cryptology, the study of codes and symbols.  That’s why the British government recruited him to crack Enigma, the ever-elusive German messaging system.  The code was said to be unbreakable, because the encryption changed every single day.  Decode one day’s message, and it doesn’t matter, because tomorrow you have to start all over again.  What’s even more noteworthy is that Turing’s part in this grand project was a government secret for over 50 years.

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The Fifth Estate

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Since Edward Snowden leaked classified NSA documents last year, public debate has soared questioning what men such as Snowden really are.  Are they whistleblowers, or are they traitors?  Really, though, the question began even before Snowden.  It began with Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, and it’s him about which The Fifth Estate asks this question: hero or traitor?

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