To be clear, I'm not claiming that the NSA actually did block encryption software in the 1970s. I have no proof of that.
What I am claiming is that their actions of 1970 are largely irrelevant. The NSA unquestionably did block encryption software in the 1990s, and in doing so heavily damaged the development of the internet. Against that backdrop, the events of the 1970s, whether positive or negative, have no more significance than a rounding error. If the sentence you point out from the article is indeed an error, it is an extremely minor one. The major thrust of the claim (that the NSA held back public use of encryption software) is correct, even if the timeline is off.
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