I wonder why, when performing such a dangerous, treasonous act, Church didn’t take better care to disguise his secrets. Why did he use such a simple code? The code surely kept the message secret from casual readers or interceptors, so perhaps those were the only readers Church was worried about. But anyone who really wanted to could easily break it. If one is to go into the business of espionage, one best use a complex code. As Church stated at the end of his letter – “Use every precaution or I perish –”. He should have heeded his own advice.
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