The KRYPTOS Sculpture — Jim Sanborn : “This is the third and to be sure final clue.”

“I really do want Kryptos to remain secret – the plain text, the final section of Kryptos, I would prefer for it to remain secret indefinitely. (…) I would think that every artist would aspire to making an artwork that is not transient. It’s a permanent visual, auditory, conceptual statement. And I did Kryptos with all those things in mind. And one – as an artist, one would prefer to have that piece continue giving rather than have it understood right off the bat and then more or less ignored. And so this has lived way beyond all of my expectations, you know, at 30 years in retaining a secret that it has, and that’s the magic.”

Jim Sanborn (January 30 2020)

February 6 2020 — NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly spoke with Jim Sanborn, creator of a cryptographic puzzle sculpture called “Kryptos” located at CIA headquarters, about his decision to release a third and final clue. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Kryptos is a sculpture by the American artist Jim Sanborn located on the grounds of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia.

Of the four parts of the message, the first three — known as K1, K2 and K3 — have been solved. However K4, the last part of the message, remains one of the most famous unsolved code in the world.

As predicted by Intel Today, a third clue to KRYPTOS 4th passage has been released: the word NORTHEAST, at positions 26 through 34.

However, I do believe that Sanborn may have given us a bit more than just one clue. Let us pay attention to some of his comments….

Background information — Obviously, geopolitical events that occurred in late January or early February 1990 may have had an influence on Sanborn when he drafted the KRYPTOS riddle.

KELLY: Why give us a new clue now?

SANBORN: Well, it is very close – within days – to when I actually developed that 97-character string. The dedication ceremony is actually not until November, but obviously prior to the dedication, I had to come up with the final clue section. And that’s why I’m doing it now, basically.

A tip about the crypto method used to cypher KRYPTOS ? — In previous posts, I told you how NSA people broke Section III and I explained why I had great doubts that Sanborn — an artist — has used complex mathematical transformations to code that section. If I am right about this — and Sanborn himself appears to confirm my analysis — the consequences could be far reaching. More about this in my next post…

KELLY: We should note there’s an irony here. You are not a professional code writer or code breaker. You’re not a mathematician. When I’ve interviewed you before, you told me you’re pretty lousy at math.

SANBORN: I am lousy at math to the point where I consider myself to be an analpha-math. Now, perhaps being an artist, I have an advantage in that I can employ methods that don’t have anything to do with mathematics.

A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma — This is not new. Sanborn has warned us long ago that even deciphered, KRYPTOS will still be a tough riddle to solve.

KELLY: When and if it is finally cracked, what is the puzzle? What is the mystery that will be revealed?

SANBORN: It’s a 97-character phrase. And that phrase is in itself a riddle. It’s mysterious. It’s going to lead to something else. It’s not going to be finished when it’s decoded.

Maybe, Sanborn has spent too much time with CIA people… Although I have no reason to suspect the last statement to be false, I believe that it may be seriously misleading those trying to crack the last part of KRYPTOS.

KRYPTOS — Jim Sanborn


A New (And Final) Clue To ‘Kryptos,’ A Long-Standing Puzzle — All Things Considered (NPR)

CIA sculpture 3D model — K4hasgotme


The KRYPTOS Sculpture — Jim Sanborn : ” This is the third and to be sure final clue.”

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