Many rumours about Kryptos flood the Internet. It is difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction when it comes to the sculpture, especially to those who have only recently been exposed to it. A new document entitled “Misconceptions” at KryptosRevisited.com will attempt to track some of the more widespread claims about Kryptos and distinguish truth from deception through articles and sources directly produced from James Sanborn’s own words. Much of the disinformation about the sculpture — or Misinformation — is not a product of intentional misdirection, rather it is often attributed to earlier perceptions of Kryptos that has since become outdated or reformed in light of more precise focus over time.
For example, Kryptos Part Three (k3), is commonly understood to be encoded by a Triple or Keyed Columnar Transposition. A decade ago, that was anyone’s best guess, and it seemed elegant at the time. Since then, a much simpler, artistic cipher called a Double Rotation Transposition has been demonstrated to also be the solution to that part of the code, and it makes the old technique seem overly-complicated and confusing. This is one such example of new information that is difficult to discover online because of the overwhelming number of references to outdated material.
One way to stay abreast of new information is to subscribe to the kryptos.info network blog RSS feed (comments can also be subscribed on an individual-article basis through the web site) and to bookmark KryptosRevisited.com as your up-to-date source for Kryptos Sculpture information. We know you’re busy cracking the code, so we’ll make sure you’re informed with the latest breaking news and discoveries.
Gary Phillips writes about Kryptos, the sculpture at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, at his web site KryptosRevisited.com.