“The first code breaker, a CIA employee named David Stein, spent 400 hours working by hand on his own time. Stein, who described the emergence of the first passage as a religious experience, revealed his partial solution to a packed auditorium at Langley in February 1998. But not a word was leaked to the press. Sixteen months later, Jim Gillogly, an LA-area cryptanalyst used a Pentium II computer and some custom software to crack the same three sections. When news of Gillogly’s success broke, the CIA publicized Stein’s earlier crack.”
ANONYMOUS — September 18 2017
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The ciphertext on the left-hand side of the sculpture (as seen from the courtyard) of the main sculpture contains 869 characters in total (865 letters and 4 question marks).
The right-hand side of the sculpture comprises a keyed Vigenère encryption tableau, consisting of 867 letters.
The piece reads:
Jim Sanbor, an elite connected sculptor created this coded monument for the CIA headquarters. It is a 9 foot, 11 inch high main sculpture, a wave of copper with letters cut out like a matrix. It is anchored by an 11 foot column of petrified wood, with gigantic pieces of granite below a low fountain. It is enjoyed by CIA analysts and spies when they eat outside.
Sanborn’s father was head of exhibitions at the Library of Congress. He has created sculptoral works for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, another majorly elite connected institution. Themes in his sculptures involve “making the invisible visible,” with works that focus on secret messages, atomic reactions, magnetism, and other topics.
He made a work titled “Critical Assembly,” modeled after the first atomic bomb and Manhattan Project experiments: the celebration of this horrific project is a thing that feels characteristic of occult connected, elite people.
His CIA headquarters monument is meant to be a “challenge” for the CIA to decode. The CIA and associated agencies have taken up the innocuous sounding challenge, creating headlines about it. 3 out of 4 messages on the monument have been deciphered, but there are surely deeper layers of meaning to the deciphered words.
KRYPTOS in 3D — VIDEO
Kryptos: The Code the CIA / NSA Can’t Crack — Anonymous
Kryptos — Wikipedia
Stein, David D. (1999). “The Puzzle at CIA Headquarters: Cracking the Courtyard Crypto” (pdf). Studies in Intelligence. 43 (1).
Vigenère cipher — Wikipedia
The Kryptos Sculpture: The Code the CIA / NSA Can’t Crack