Skip to comments.Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' details local mystery (CIA HQ, Langley, Virginia)
Posted on 09/21/2009 4:32:02 PM PDT by HokieMom
LANGLEY, Va. - Part of the new Dan Brown novel is based on a local mystery.
In the introduction to his new best-selling novel, "The Lost Symbol," author Dan Brown lists the following:
"In 1991, a document was locked in the safe of the director of the CIA. The document is still there today, its cryptic text includes references to an unknown location underground. The document ... includes the phrase, 'It's buried out there somewhere.'"
Brown says the 20-year-old document contains the answers to a 20-year-old mystery.
WTOP's National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigated the claim, and found out it's true.
The document, a source at CIA says, was given to former CIA Director William Webster in 1991. It refers to a sculpture on the Langley campus which is discussed on the CIA's website.
According to the website, "Even the CIA's artwork has secrets. Kryptos, a sculpture at CIA headquarters, has baffled code crackers around the world with its secret message."
Kryptos is a wavy copper plate screen covered with about 1,800 encrypted characters next to a petrified tree. It has four panels and only three have been deciphered.
According to the CIA and public sources, the full message on the sculpture, which is not available to the public, has never been deciphered. The document in the safe contains the answers.
As far as the unknown underground location is concerned, the source says likely one of the pieces of the sculpture that lay partially buried underground on the campus that contains a part of the answer to the code.
i was looking around for info on the code in front of the building and came across this interesting article about Obama and Panetta being afraid of the CIA.
I thought the two CIAs comment was interesting.
I’ve never heard of this before, veeeeery interesting. Thanks.
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He believes that Panetta and Obama fear the CIA because they’d be charged with war crimes for the deaths of detainees?
< cue spooky music >
An episode of NOVA a few years ago discussed Kryptos:
NO, because they will kill him like they did Kennedy...
E howard Hunt said that LBJ and the CIA killed Kennedy.
Thanks so much. I’ll watch that when Rush 24/7 finishes up.
Yikes. Initially I thought that might be it, then thought such paranoia was too far fetched.
check out Secrets of the Founding Fathers on History Channel Freemasonry’s connection with founding fathers
I saw that program this past summer. It was interesting.
I am reading the Brown book, timely for me.
I’ve never read any of his work. May have to put it on the reading list if it’s liked here.
I can totally see biden signing on.........LOL
Man, the hijinx that would ensue if Biden collaborated with the CIA...a gaffe a minute....
anyone would be a fool to think joe could keep his mouth shut.....guess bams is safe after all.