Jim Sanborn said,
“The greatest chart we have for decoding is the Rosetta Stone. Cracking that code gave us the ability to understand an ancient language. What the CIA does now, as far as encoding and decoding, is a very similar kind of sleuthing: word sleuthing as opposed to physical sleuthing.”
The Rosetta Stone had a single text inscribed three times in multiple languages. Knowing the first two provided a means of interpreting the last. Imagine, conversely, inscribing a single text once with multiple meanings. If one could hide the meaning, or the existence of alternate meanings, we would be confronted with steganography. If those words were reused with different meanings, we would have a palimpsest. A palimpsest of word meanings. Words reused.
Ed Scheidt discusses with Nova ScienceNow how the art of steganography is hiding the notion that a secret message exists at all.
“Between subtle shading and the absence of light lies the nuance of illusion.” means: Between my ambiguity in word meanings and your ignorance of my technique, you are deceived into interpreting the deciphered Kryptos text at face value.
Howard Carter’s journal means something different too:
“Slowly, disparately (sp?) slowly, the remains of passage debris that encumbered the lower part of the doorway was removed…”
The ciphertext is considered a passage of text. K4, the unsolved part of Kryptos, is debris, and it is to be removed. This is why all attempts at cracking K4 has failed. K4 does not exist as 97, 98, or even 100 letters. K4 does not exist in the text at the bottom of the sculpture. However, the text isn’t simply to be disregarded as useless debris. Even debris comes from something once constructed! There is an algorithm of applying that text as a tableau grid over the oddly-worded K2 (and other sections) to create a null cipher. A cipher where overlapping characters are removed. Those letters are passage debris, and ultimately, debris gets removed. It gets discarded.
Identify the debris.
“When you use the last part and you get the solution you should take out all the spaces and run [the remaining characters] all together.” – Jim Sanborn (2009) (in response to an inquiry as to whether or not he would acknowledge a solution posted online. See Null-Cipher Theories posted in dozens of forums since 2004)
“With trembling hands, I made a tiny breach in the upper left-hand corner…” refers to the raised letters of the K3 ciphertext.
A breach, as in a break-through. A breach, as in a discovery. A breach, as in compromising a relatively secure system — those raised letters in the upper left-hand corner of “Layer Two.”
“And then, widening the hole a little, I inserted the candle and peered in…” means: We apply the Null Cipher Technique. We shed light on the true meanings of the deciphered text.
“The hot air escaping from the chamber caused the flame to flicker…” could imply a chamber of people — officials, perhaps — an organization. A flame is a criticism or violent, intense passion. The flicker harks back to the raised letters as actual, physical portions of the new text as a guide (or grain of Kryptos Sand).
“‘Kryptos brought me back to my first love. Like my childhood programming days, I was once again free to pursue a challenge that didn’t have the limitations of ‘this is how to do it’,” Phillips told The Guardian in 2005. (continuing) “Mr Sanborn admits he would feel a tinge of regret if Kryptos is solved.”
Regret that people finally figured out his puzzle? Regret for what the message says? Perhaps a flame against the CIA?
“But presently, details of the room within emerged from the mist.” Mist is an ambiguous term that implies something obscured or hidden from meaning or view. In context, it means “a hidden document.”
“I’ve made a statement which is straightforward, but that leads to something else. There’s another deeper mystery. As you peel off a layer of an onion, the myst – you get closer to the heart of what it is. And so y’know I just wanted to make it… you had to go deeper and decipher something else. It’s in English, it’s in plain English, it’s in text, and you can read it, but that isn’t necessarily the whole story.” – Jim Sanborn
“Can you see anything?”
It is certain that we could be understanding the real power of art and Sanborn’s disposition as a Natural Scientist toward certain philosophies of institution.
Details of this theory forthcoming.