Conspiracy novelist Dan Brown has made cryptic comments about the Kryptos (hidden) sculpture and James Sanborn, the Kryptos creator, has not hidden his feelings about them. In a Wired Magazine article on the enigmatic Kryptos sculpture at CIA HQ, Sanborn was none too happy about the link being made to Dan's conspiracy novels:
Though Sanborn's usual practice is to stay in the background, every so often he feels obliged to comment. In 2005, he refuted author Dan Brown's claim that the "WW" in the plaintext of K3 could be inverted to "MM," implying Mary Magdalene (quite understandable as Dan sees the world upside down in his gravity inversion boots). Brown included pieces of Kryptos on the book jacket of "The Da Vinci Code" and has hinted that his next novel will draw on the CIA sculpture, a prospect that deeply annoys Sanborn.
Sanborn should be annoyed because Dan may have corrupted the coordinates encoded in the Kryptos ciphertext to fit his latest fiction, "THE LOST SYMBOL."
These are clues to the coordinates in the deciphered text of K2 of Kryptos, which are 38° 57' 6.5" N 77° 8' 44" W, reportedly the approximate GPS coordinates of the Kryptos sculpture at the CIA. When Dan Brown was asked, he replied, "This discrepancy is intentional."
Perhaps another "Deception Point," Dan?
Let US analyze the K4 ciphertext and the K2 coordinates:
"X WHO KNOWS THE EXACT LOCATION ? ONLY WW THIS WAS HIS LAST MESSAGE X THIRTY EIGHT DEGREES FIFTY SEVEN MINUTES SIX POINT FIVE SECONDS NORTH SEVENTY SEVEN DEGREES EIGHT MINUTES FORTY FOUR SECONDS WEST X LAYER TWO"
Plotting the 38th, 57th, 77th, 8th, and 44th letters of K4 and the character at 6.5 (OPQRS:6.5:TUVWX) = "S" (source: Monet)
(Hint: To find "X", the "S" Kryptos clues are hidden between the letters)
T38 I57 S6.5 D77 O8 S44 - "T IS DOS"
Given "T IS YOUR POSITION - E" from the Kryptos Morse Code strata message, substituting T= DOS, "DOS IS YOUR POSITION - E."
As DOS is the abbreviation for the Department of State, the combined message reads: Department of State is your position - E, the answer to the Kryptos question posed in K3, "X" Can you see anything Q? Kryptos Matrix
In the CIA's "Simple Past," you can see "Q," the "E-shaped" building at the Potomac Annex of the Department of State on E (Street). "Q" is located in the back of the DOS Potomac Annex and "hidden" from street view.
But changing the K2 coordinate - 38 to 37 - changes the K4 ciphertext to:
W37 I57 S6.5 D77 O8 S44 = W is D. O. S.
Perhaps Dan is "wishing upon a star" - the Bethlehem Star - and the Washington Monument (on September 15) is Direction Of Star.
Wayne Hershel, author/researcher, (http://www.keyofsolomon.net) thinks so. Wayne predicts the Washington Monument (see image above) plays a critical plot point in the "LOST SYMBOL" that our simple past was in our stars (or was it Mars?) (note: Washington Monument in the keyhole located on the book's spine)
If Dan thinks we are LOST in space, Wayne thinks Dan's LOST symbol is "W", the Washington Monument, which points in the direction of the star system on September 15, which coincidentally is the release date of Dan's book.
Asserting aliens are our LOST ancestors could be called the "greatest lie in human history" if Dan hadn't already used that line in "The Da Vinci Code" to describe his "vast conspiracy" to hide the truth about the life of Jesus, which Dan believes, if exposed, would threaten Christianity. (sigh)
Exposing the real imposter: But facts are "facts" and, as Dan has demonstrated in his rare interviews, "facts" are in the eye of the beholder. One of Dan's "facts" is featured prominently at the beginning of "The Da Vinci Code." On a page headed "Fact," Dan states the Priory of Sion, which is central to the secret at the heart of his story, is a real organization, and at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris — the French National Library — one can find proof that it was founded in Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades. That proof is in documents known as the Dossiers Secrets or Secret Files.
Dan wants to be a real writer: If Dan wanted to fulfill his dreams to be a real writer, he would have done a little more research and discovered the Priory of Sion was founded in the town of Annemasse in eastern France in 1956. The founders and signatories inscribed with their real names and aliases were Pierre Plantard, also known as "Chyren", and André Bonhomme, also known as "Stanis Bellas." Sion was based on a popular local feature, a hill south of Annemasse in France, known as Mont Sion.
Dan, like Pinocchio, should let his conscience be his guide: "It's important for authors to use the Web responsibly. More than half the information out there is garbage. It's very important to realize that just because it's on the Web doesn't mean that it's a fact. There are some major books that were published and had to be edited later because of faulty research." - Dan Brown
But Dan is not one to let "facts" get in the way of "his-story." It is a fact that Dan insists the Priory of Sion could be "true." If Dan's "LOST SYMBOL" includes more of his "facts" about Kryptos, Sanborn may respond with not-so-hidden warning ala John Paul Jones' defiant statement on the Bonhomme Richard, "I have not yet begun to fight."
Perhaps Dan is not a LOST Boy and there is a "hidden" meaning to "W is D.O.S." that could be the key to unlock Dan's "simple past."
Writing is Dan's Original Sin?
The Kryptos keywords may hold a clue to Dan's conspiracy novels:
PS (Priory of Sion): It's as simple as A-B-C (read: A Big Con).
"WW" knows and now you're not so LOST.