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Thursday, 27 September 2007

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Langley, Virginia (The Agency Gazette) - Controversial news arrived this week when the creator of KRYPTOS, a large ciphertext work of art located near CIA headquarters, revealed that the cryptic sculpture is just a bunch of gibberish.

For nearly two decades, frustrated government cryptoanalysts have spent countless hours over long lunches trying to crack the code. Now it would seem obvious why they have been unable to succeed.

Ed Scheidt, the mastermind behind the encrypted riddle-within-a-riddle, was about to retire when he was approached to help design the sculpture. "I decided I just wanted to send everyone at the Agency a great big F*CK YOU when I left," admitted Scheidt. "So I wrote out a bunch of meaningless drivel and called it a day!"

Oddly, fellow cryptoanalysts claim to have decoded 75% of the text. "Well, I guess meaning can be found in just about anything," pondered Mr. Scheidt. "Now if you'll excuse me, I have a train to catch..."

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