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Carl Sagan – Contact (1997)

This statistical approach to message decryption was familiar to Ellie since high school. But the subroutines supplied by the experts from the National Security Agency—made available only as a result of a presidential directive, and even then armed with instructions to self-destruct if examined closely—were brilliant.

What prodigies of human inventiveness, Ellie reflected, were being directed to reading each other’s mail.

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