The following article is Part 2 of a six-part series on the Kryptos Plaintext discovery. The original free pdf document can be downloaded from https://stephenbishop.org/downloads.
On 2020-01-29, Jim Sanborn released the NORTHEAST plaintext. And later in 2020, he rather despicably released more plaintext in secret (EAST again) to people who were paying him $50 to check their solutions. This information was released months later on 2020-08-23 by the New York Times.
PLAINTEXT 1, K4 KNOWN PLAINTEXT, where the “x”s are unknown letters
On 2020-10-16, I noticed that the left and right sides of the CIA NHB shape were similar to the EAST NORTH EAST plaintext directions in a stair step analogy. And along with the already known Berlin Clock building similarity, there was a possibility that the plaintext words were describing the CIA NHB shape. Almost “drawing” the shape of the building with the plaintext words.
On 2020-10-26, I completed the Kryptos K4 plaintext discovery with all 97 proposed plaintext letters reconstructed from the CIA NHB shape.
On 2020-11-01 01:11 UTC, I sent Jim Sanborn the Kryptos K4 plaintext explanation document “2020-10-31 – KRYPTOS K4 CIA NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING VISUAL PLAINTEXT SOLUTION”.
On 2020-11-01 04:50 UTC, the document “2020-10-31 – KRYPTOS K4 CIA NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING VISUAL PLAINTEXT SOLUTION” was submitted to the blockchain timestamp site originstamp.com. The site takes SHA256 hashes of documents and submits them via transactions to the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains. The site timestamps batches of document hashes at time intervals, so the timestamps on the blockchains are delayed from the original submission time.
Proof of existence can be verified as desired on https://originstamp.com/verify. The process would be to download the pdf document from https://stephenbishop.org/downloads and then submit the unaltered document for verification. I’ve included details of the blockchain timestamps here for your convenience.
ETHEREUM Blockchain Timestamp: 2020-11-01 04:00 UTC
Ethereum Transaction: 0x663d23ce09457f8cec2a72827f14e1167af6b2bb2f0e8cd7fabd3fa837e37b14
BITCOIN Blockchain Timestamp: 2020-11-02 00:14 UTC
Bitcoin Transaction: 51b3c1c2e55a5275968e91e527d8d3d724e83c909230e8da805b7680c664a025
On 2020-11-02 02:57 UTC, the Kryptos K4 Plaintext Discovery was published on the USENET Newsgroup sci.crypt. This sci.crypt link utilizes the easily accessible Google Groups version of the public Newsgroup. I’ve included the text from the brief statement here.
“On 2020-10-26, I discovered that the Kryptos K4 plaintext could be recovered directly from the CIA New Headquarters Building shape.
PROPOSED K4 PLAINTEXT
I’ve written up a detailed explanation of this shortcut to recover the Kryptos K4 plaintext.
The document has been timestamped on the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains for proof of existence.
For more information, please visit stephenbishop.ORG to download a copy of the explanation.“
As of 2020-11-05, this is the end of the Timeline. Additional Timeline items will be added if and when they occur.