No, it is not.

Thomas Harning Jr. harningt at
Thu Apr 28 05:12:28 CEST 2011

On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM, M.R. <makrober at> wrote:
> For most individuals who really *need* (as opposed to those
> that do it as a matter of ideology or principle) to protect
> their communication, the need to keep confidential who is
> communicating with whom is as important as is the protection
> of the content.
GnuPG has a mode to handle this sort of encryption without identification...
While the default is to provide a reference for the key that is usable
to decrypt the message, you can opt to not include this information at
the cost of making the other party take a little more time to decrypt
(it has to scan all of its available keys).

If you want authentication in there as well, you'd just need to wrap
the signature inside the encrypted-body rather than around it.

An example use of this would be to send a message to a bulk mailing
list or post it on the web at a known "drop" point (preventing the
intermediate servers from knowing both parties directly) wrapped as
follows: GPG(encrypt-to-X but dont mention X, GPG(sign-with-Y(msg))

Thomas Harning Jr.
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