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I have been trying to decrypt messages with public pgp keys (all of which are imported into my key ring) and I always get an error saying “decryption failed no secret key” this is a problem as the messages are important and I need to be able to see them. I have tried several different public keys and get the same result. If I myself encrypt a message with another person’s public key, and then try to decrypt it and read it I get the same error message. Am I doing something wrong? I’ve used tails years ago and have never had this issue.

  • Messages are encrypted with a public key, but require the private/secret key to decrypt them. You cannot decrypt messages with a public key. – Steve Nov 15 '20 at 18:59

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