WN: But it’s still basically code systems that Scheidt gave you, right? I mean he could decipher Kryptos if he wanted to, correct?
Sanborn: No, he doesn’t know the solution. I made that very clear that I didn’t want him to be able to decipher what’s going on … that I’d be modifying systems and developing my own, which would make it virtually impossible for him to decipher all of it. I intended the 80 percent (of the text) that’s been deciphered to be deciphered and to be deciphered in stages and relatively quickly.
(WIRED Interview, 01/20/05)
That’s not very reassuring…
“Uh, yeah, like the guy who totally basically taught me everything I know about cryptology and is basically widely accepted as a genius expert in it… yeah, I don’t think he could solve it.”
What the F man? Seriously? Why did he want 80% of it solved quick? Besides, 20% of just the Copperplate ciphertext is 173 letters. K4 is 97.
The problem is that Ed probably gave Jim a very logical and straightforward “lesson” for CIA cryptologists that moved gradually between cipher styles and systems while gradually becoming more challenging. Kryptos would probably have been solved multiple times by now if Jim had stuck to the “plan”.
But no, he changed it.
Has Ed tried to solve it and what does he think about Sanborn’s comments?
If I was him I would be worried that I’d inadvertently made it impossible to solve through my “changes”.
He’s not though, and why is that?
It’s good business my friend, it’s good business.
Fame ain’t gonna happen by itself after all.