The KRYPTOS Sculpture — SECTION I : A KEYED Vigenère Cipher [And why the CIA lies so much about it?]

“I have developed much too thick a skin to be surprised, let alone upset, by people telling me how that great CIA tells us the truth. If an organisation accustomed to lying tells you it is telling the truth, where does that leave you?”

Dr Jim Swire — Father of Flora (1965 – December 21 1988)


The story of the — partial —  KRYPTOS decoding by CIA David Stein is very beautiful and inspiring. But is it a true story or a fairy tale? It is my opinion that this narrative can simply not be trusted for multiple reasons. Allow me to explain why. The reader will draw his/her own conclusions. PS: This post will soon be updated to explain carefully several technical points. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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The “FAREWELL DOSSIER”: Geopolitical consequences on the end of the Cold War

“So the accomplishments of FAREWELL, in summary, are enormous. It was a major — major — accelerator to the end of the Cold War. (…) It was a critical and heroic accomplishment by President Mitterrand and his government, whatever the intentions may have been at the time…”

Richard V. Allen — President Ronald Reagan’s Former National Security Advisor

03 Jun 1982, Paris, France --- Original caption: Paris: President Francois Mitterrand greets President Ronald Reagan arriving at the Elysee Palace for lunch and meeting. President Reagan is France to attend the Economic Summit at Versailles. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

On July 19 1981 President Ronald Reagan met with French President Francois Mitterrand in Ottawa, Ontario at an economic summit. Mitterrand informed Reagan about the “Farewell Dossier”.

“Farewell” was the codename of Vladimir Vetrov, a KGB officer who delivered to France in the early 80s, over the course of less than a year, approximately 4,000 documents related to the systematic theft of Western technology by the USSR. This gathered intelligence opened the door to “Star Wars,” forcing the USSR to transition to perestroika and give up its last stronghold, Berlin. With the end of the Cold War, a new era began: the era of globalization. Is there a link between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the information disclosed by Farewell? In a rare testimony, Richard V. Allen discusses —  from a historical perspective — the main points of the FAREWELL operation.  Allen also analyses its indirect geopolitical consequences on the end of the Cold War. Follow us on Twitter:@INTEL_TODAY  Continue reading

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One Year Ago — ISIS: 3 Belgian Citizens at the ‘Creation’ Meeting

“Then Baghdadi asked each commander to bring in some of his fighters. Abu al-Atheer, the MSM commander, invited Belgian, Dutch, and French fighters who were under his command to the occasion.”

Foreign Policy —  August 16 2016

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Three Belgian citizens — all from the city of Vilvorde — attended the April 2013 meeting during which ISIS was created. According to Belgian Newspapers — quoting the mayor of Vilvorde — these individuals were known as radical elements since 2012. The mayor said that one is dead and a second is rumored to be dead. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY 

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German court rejects request to release Swiss suspected spy — [UPDATE]

“The scandal reaches new proportions when spies sign up informers in the finance administration, in order to spy on successful NRW [North Rhine-Westphalia ] tax investigators and play into the hands of people who make billions in profit at the expense of society. It’s hard to believe that such a spy thriller took place not on the screen but on our own doorstep.”

NRW Finance Minister Norbert Walter-Borjans

On Tuesday (June 27 2017), a German court rejected a request to release Daniel M. — a Swiss man being held on suspicion of spying. The alleged Swiss spy was arrested in a Frankfurt hotel on May 5 2017 . He is suspected of monitoring German tax investigators. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — MK-ULTRA in Popular Culture

“While the court must limit its analysis to the four corners of the complaint, the skeptical reader may wish to know that the public record supports many of the allegations [in the family’s suit], farfetched as they may sound.”

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg — Frank Olson Case



The Guardian just published the plot of season one of ‘Stranger Things’. Sometimes reality is truly stranger than fiction. The story of the CIA program MK-ULTRA is definitely one of these truly bizarre episodes of the cold war. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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One Year Ago — Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern: “Michael Morell’s Comments are Reckless and Vapid”

“Watching Michael Morell respond to those softball pitches from Charlie Rose on Monday, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that glibness, vacuousness and ambition can get you to the very top of U.S. intelligence in the Twenty-first Century – and can also make you a devoted fan of whoever is likely to be the next President. (…) Looking back at his record, it was not hard to see all this coming, as Morell rose higher and higher in a system that rewards deserving sycophants.”

Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern


In a recent post, INTEL TODAY brought to your attention the fact that former acting CIA Director Michael Morell wanted to kill Russians and Iranians in Syria. This comment did not go unnoticed. A few former CIA analysts reacted, starting in the process a chain of events still unfolding to this day. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — German Bill will allow BND to Spy on Foreign Journalists

“The increasing surveillance capabilities on journalists is a clear threat to media freedom. This draft law runs counter to the very core of fundamental freedoms such as media freedom and freedom of expression.”

Dunja Mijatovic  — OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media


The draft law makes distinctions between journalists from EU countries and journalists from non-EU countries.Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Cyber Hero Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty in US

“The government needs to show intent to further a crime. Merely creating a selling malware, on its own, isn’t enough.”

Orin Kerr –Professor at George Washington University Law School and expert on computer crime

“Marcus Hutchins is a brilliant young man and a hero. He is going to vigorously defend himself against these charges and when the evidence comes to light we are confident that he will be fully vindicated.”

Marcia Hoffman — US  lawyer for Marcus Hutchins

A British-based cyber security researcher praised for helping stop a global attack (WannaCry) earlier this year has been arrested — on August 2 2017 — and charged in the United States over an unrelated hacking case know as KRONOS. Marcus Hutchins, 23, appeared in court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and pleaded NOT GUILTY to charges of creating and selling malware. His trial has been scheduled for October 2017. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Former DST Director Yves Bonnet: “Libya NOT responsible for Lockerbie!”

“Let me take, for example, the Lockerbie case and also the case of the Ténéré [UTA] that were blamed on Libya when all Intelligence Services know that these attacks were committed by Ahmed Jibril under the inspiration and funding from Iran.”

Yves Bonnet — Former DST Director

Yves Bonnet was the DST Director from November 1982 to August 1985. In a recorded interview, Bonnet makes a remarkable allegation: “Libya is NOT responsible for Lockerbie!” Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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The KRYPTOS Sculpture — History of the NSA Involvement

“Maintaining secrecy about the sculpture became a challenging part of creating Kryptos. Both Jim and I were under scrutiny by the media who wanted badly to know the answer. To be honest, I don’t know the answer. After Jim finished the sculpture, I never went back to check the code.”

Edward Scheidt  — Former CIA Head of Cryptography

“Within two days of receiving the information tasking from Chief, Z, they had solved parts one through three of the puzzle. They spent another day on the fourth section, but very quickly a decision was made to stop any further work on it. Given the suspected cryptography, the last section is too short to solve without diverting a great deal of effort from operational problems.”

WIRED — [quoting a NSA Memo]

The ciphertext on the left-hand side of the sculpture (as seen from the courtyard) of the main sculpture contains 869 characters in total (865 letters and 4 question marks). The right-hand side of the sculpture comprises a keyed Vigenère encryption tableau, consisting of 867 letters. In our last posts about KRYPTOS, we learned how to break a Vigenère code and we apply this knowledge to the entire section II. In this post, we look at the inside story of the NSA people who took the challenge to decrypt — part of — the KRYPTOS code. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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