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Jim Sanborn has several pulped paper style sculptures with enciphered text as well as his metal enciphered sculptures.  One of these encoded sculptures is the Covert Ops Fragment - English...
I saw this one for the 1st time at Dragon*Con 2005.  I deciphered it after about an hour...  ***Update*** : Oct 29-30, 2005 : DC trip to visit Sanborn & Scheidt.  Saw this small English COF in Sanborn's studio.
Got to a computer the next morning, transcribed/double-checked (10 min), and decrypted (5 min)...

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John's Secret Code-Systems page has the COF-English for analysis and decoding
Please let me know if you notice any mistakes below.

Covert Ops Fragment - English

  Covert Operations Fragment - English (original)
  123456789012345678901234567890123456
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HZQJRJZQQJRDUQTFTBFZJLQAUFJIKTLPJK
SNPIQFXIGIFFQLEMRJRNPQHPTWWMYUQZH
XHKBLESILTEPPJKSEPUJIEEQKHSUBZPQLQB
XVDLKUUQGKEIYMXYVBDVYTKHFMXFMCEI
XTBSNKGGTMZLHHKOLIXJBNQQKSZIQTHIQ
WRGGZKAXJGJYOLHWKBLIWIVSINIQUNBUPI
QRVLKKIPIMSKEQJHZQIVTUKYAQUSVNPVB
HVDLCJZTGVJWLYMVXZEKGGTWHVDVUBAZ
XQPRLLNKUDUPXTVBUUGJNMUWQUKOLYLS
JILSHWTWSVIITLLIXJBBXKIHJCWFJPTDPJSK
BEQJDPVWHLGMNIGVYUTWWMNVXBJKHYV
DHJSVBMUFGZKCGVDMBBITSKSUMVMJBBZT
TVZCEMLJSBJZQUZUHTNBXKYEBMUHFKC
VKWVVLUTMGFEIVOVJAU.TPVGFVBUUJISI
LMGBPNRVXBVDHZQFKWINHULMLL____
  letters in yellow are transcription errors in CT

There are, as seems to be typical with some of Sanborn's encoded messages, several mistakes in the coding.
Whether this is intentional or not, is of course, a mystery...

  Covert Operations Fragment - English (corrected)
  123456789012345678901234567890123456
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HZQJRJZQQJRDUQTFTBFZJLQAUFJIKhLPJK
SNPIQFXIGIFFQLEMRJRNPQHPTWWMYUQZH
XHKBLESILTEPPJKSEPUJIEEeKHSUBZPQLQB
XVDLKUUQGKEIYMXYVBDVYTKHFMXFMCEI
XTBSNKGGnMZLHHKOLIXJBNpQKSZIQTHIQ
WRGGZKAXJGJYOLHWKBLIWIVSINIQUtBUPI
jRVLKKIPIMSKEQJHZQIVTUKYAQUSVNPVB
HVDLqJZTGVJWLYiVXZEKGGTWHVDVUBAZ
XQPRLLNKUDUPXTVBUUGJNMUWQUKOLYLS
JILSHWTWSVIITLLIXJBBXKIHJCWFJPTDPJSK
BEQJDPVWHLGMNIGVYUTWWMNVXnJKHtV
DHJSVnMUFGZKCGVDMnnITSKSUMVMJBBZT
TVZCEMLJSnJZQUxxZUHTNBXKYEnMUqHFKC
ViWVVLUTMGFEjVOVJAU.TPVGFVBUUJISI
LlGBPNRVXBVDHZQFKWINHULMLL____
  x's and q are nulls that have to be inserted to get correct key alignment
UT must be removed to get correct key alignment


The letters in green indicate additional letters (q,x's) which must be inserted into the CT to get correct grammar PT by providing correct running key alignment.
The letters in red indicate letters which must be removed from the CT to get correct grammar PT by providing correct running key alignment.
The letters in yellow indicate transcription errors in the CT that must be altered to get correct grammar PT.
There seems to be systemic B->n transcription problem on rows 11,12,13. The others are harder to figure. 
Another interesting note.  The (.) DOT just above the letters for "WIN" indicates a  position where characters have to be removed to get the correct PT.
This occurs within the PT word PENETRATED.
This is very similar to John's metaphorical solution to K4, in which the word/metaphor CANDLE has to be "inserted" into the "hole", which oddly enough occurs above the word "WIN" in  Kryptos Part 4
And, if that isn't enough, U (you) are making a breach/opening/penetration at (T) of "T is your position"
I will also note that adding the extra x's moves the T in that line over U.T = TUT? (King Tut)?

**NOTE**: 2013-04-29  Nicholas LaMey noted that the correct decryption in the lower part of the text should read THE CORE, by inserting an additional Q
He also noted that one could remove the UxxxxT to also get correct key alignment, while keeping the (.) as a Morse Code E, still giving P(.=E)NETRATED
I had originally added extra null x's, giving "TBDORE...", but "THE CORE..." definitely seems more correct.
Also, if you put in the double _xx_ nulls, they decode to CQ, which is really coincidental since you need to add a Q to get a C in CORE
CQ is also a radio code, and can mean "Pay Attention".
 Very similar to the RQ (=Request) in Morse code segment of Kryptos K0
Very Interesting!!  :)

  Covert Operations Fragment - English (decoded)
  123456789012345678901234567890123456
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THEOFFICEOFSECURITYHASOPERATEDAMAI
LINTERCEPTPROGRAMOFINCOMINGANDOUT
GOINGRUSSIANMAILANDATVARIOUSTIMESOT
HERSELECTIVEMAILATKENNEDYAIRPORT
INNYCITYTHISOPERATIONINCLUDEDNOTO
NLYTHEPHOTOGRAPHINGOFSELECTEDITEMS
OFMAILTHEBULKOFTHETAKEINVOLVEDMAT
TERSOFINTERNALSECURITYINTERESTWH
ICHWASDISSEMINATEDTOTHEFEDERALBU
REAUOFINVESTIGATIONTHISPROGRAMISNOWI
NADORMANTSTATEPENDINGADECISIONA
STOWETHERTHEOPERATIONWILLBECONTIN
UEDORABOLISHEDCQIDONTTHINKTHECOREO
FTHEAGENCYWASEVERP.NETRATEDATLE
ASTWHILEIWASTHERENOBODYHAS____
  Encipher Method: Double-Key Vigenère / Quagmire III
Keywords: (KRYPTOS) & (DECEIT)




  Covert Operations Fragment - English (easy to read)
   
  THE OFFICE OF SECURITY HAS OPERATED A 
MAIL INTERCEPT PROGRAM OF INCOMING AND 
OUTGOING RUSSIAN MAIL AND AT VARIOUS 
TIMES OTHER SELECTIVE MAIL AT KENNEDY 
AIRPORT IN NY CITY THIS OPERATION 
INCLUDED NOT ONLY THE PHOTOGRAPHING OF 
SELECTED ITEMS OF MAIL THE BULK OF THE 
TAKE INVOLVED MATTERS OF INTERNAL 
SECURITY INTEREST WHICH WAS DISSEMINATED 
TO THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
THIS PROGRAM IS NOW IN A DORMANT STATE 
PENDING A DECISION AS TO W(H)ETHER THE 
OPERATION WILL BE CONTINUED OR ABOLISHED 
_CQ_ I DON'T THINK THE CORE OF THE 
AGENCY WAS EVER P(.=E)NETRATED AT 
LEAST WHILE I WAS THERE NOBODY HAS____
  Encipher Method: Double-Key Vigenere / Quagmire III
Keywords: (KRYPTOS) & (DECEIT)

Nicholas also notes that the inserted letters H and C, used to get correct spellings, could also reference HC-Howard Carter



 

  Covert Operations Fragment - English
(decoded-from original with mistakes)
  123456789012345678901234567890123456
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THEOFFICEOFSECURITYHASOPERATEKAMAI
LINTERCEPTPROGRAMOFINCOMINGANDOUT
GOINGRUSSIANMAILANDATVADIOUSTIMESOT
HERSELECTIVEMAILATKENNEDYAIRPORT
INNYCITYIHISOPERATIONIDCLUDEDNOTO
NLYTHEPHOTOGRAPHINGOFSELECTEDTTEMS
CFMAILTHEBULKOFTHETAKEINVOLVEDMAT
TERSQFINTERNALCECURITYINTERESTWH
ICHWASDISSEMINATEDTOTHEFEDERALBU
REAUOFINVESTIGATIONTHISPROGRAMISNOWI
NADORMANTSTATEPENDINGADECTSIOLA
STOWENHERTHEOPERANTONWILLBECONTIN
UEDORABOLTSHEDCQIDONTTHINKNHECOREO
FIHEAGENCYWAOEVERP.NETRATEDATLE
AATWHILEIWASTHERENOBODYHAS
  Encipher Method: Double-Key Vigenère / Quagmire III
Keywords: (KRYPTOS) & (DECEIT)






There are at least 4 large Covert Operations Fragments by James Sanborn, all having similar styles but differing languages:
Arabic - to my knowledge, currently UNDECODED
Cyrillic - to my knowledge, currently UNDECODED
English - Decoded by John Wilson - Sept 2005 - Double Key Vigenère (keywords Kryptos & Deceit)
Zola Spy Restaurant - Decoded by Keith Edkins - Dec 2003 - Modular Transposition ([decrypted=(16*encrypted+15) mod 513]



There are at least 2 small Covert Operations Fragments by James Sanborn, all having similar styles but differing languages:
English (small) - Decoded by John Wilson - Oct 2005 - Double Key Vigenère (keywords Kryptos & Shadow)
Cyrillic (FRB fragment) - to my knowledge, currently UNDECODED


COF - English (small) left side   COF - English (small) right side



  Covert Operations Fragment - English Small (original)
  1234567890123456789012345
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RAJIRBAPKMQJDZKHQYZQVJTEL
QEEDJNLFZXREKUOWTZZGGQYZ

UQUGMDPEZETZZOLMDLIHHQYZ
MFJFZDYHHDJWJMEBFEEHWJSE
   

Interesting that the incorrect letters could spell the word MEET
This is similar to a second layer since only someone who had actually decoded the entire piece could tell that those particular letters were wrong
Perhaps the positioning of these characters also has some importance, maybe coordinates of some kind?
The Extra L on the top line is similar to the extra L in Kryptos

Let X Y Pos  
M 10 01 10  
E 15 04 88  
E 19 04 92  
T 23 01 23  

 

  Covert Operations Fragment - English Small (corrected)
  1234567890123456789012345
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RAJIRBAPKwQJDZKHQYZQVJcEL
QEEDJNLFZXREKUOWTZZGGQYZ
UQUGMDPEZETZZOLMDLIHHQYZ

MFJFZDYHHDJWJMjBFEaHWJSE
   



  Covert Operations Fragment - English Small (decoded)
  1234567890123456789012345
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UNCOVERINGINTENTIONSISTHE
STRONGPOINTOFHUMANESPION
AGEBUTITISANEXAGGERATION

TOSAYTHATONLYESPIONAGECO
  Encipher Method: Double-Key Vigenere / Quagmire III
Keywords: (KRYPTOS) & (SHADOW)



  Covert Operations Fragment - English Small (easy to read)
  1234567890123456789012345
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UNCOVERING INTENTIONS IS THE
STRONG POINT OF HUMAN ESPION-
AGE BUT IT IS AN EXAGGERATION
TO SAY THAT ONLY ESPIONAGE CO...
  Encipher Method: Double-Key Vigenere / Quagmire III
Keywords: (KRYPTOS) & (SHADOW)


**NOTE**
According to another Kryptos fan "Krazy Kryptos":
The full quote is this:

Uncovering intentions is the strong point of human espionage, but it is an exaggeration to say that only espionage can do that. Reading another country’s messages through electronic intercepts or listening to its leaders talk to each other through a concealed microphone can reveal intentions, often with greater accuracy than an agent’s reporting… (With regard to HUMINT) two key limitations are frequently overlooked. One is the difficulty in placing an agent in just the right place at just the right time. The other is the question of whether there are any reliable sources who can divulge a country’s intentions.

 ---- Stanfield Turner : the 12th Director of the CIA from 1977 to 1981.




*John's Kryptos Pages*
====================
John's Main KRYPTOS Page
John's KRYPTOS Simulator + John's Collected KRYPTOS Hints + John's KRYPTOS Details
John's KRYPTOS Solutions & Analysis + John's KRYPTOS Part-4 Solution
John's KRYPTOS Cipher-Wheel
John's Antipodes page | John's Cyrillic Projector page
John's Covert Ops Fragment - English page | John's Covert Ops Fragment - Cyrillic page | John's Covert Ops Fragment - Zola page
John's Secret Code-Systems page
John's RuneQuest Cipher Challenge
===============================
*Elonka Dunin's Excellent Kryptos Pages* + Elonka's Kryptos Aerial Page + Elonka's Kryptos FAQ
groups.yahoo.com/group/kryptos
kryptos.yak.net + kryptos.prestemon.com -user: kryptos -pass: iqlusion
Xenon's Kryptos Wiki -user:(blank) -pass: KryptosSecret
Jim Gillogly's Kryptos Pictures + Elonka's Kryptos Pics
Gary Warzin's Kryptos Pages
NPR - ATC: Kryptos
Kryptos Info at CIA Headquarters


Kryptos in the Turkish News

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Quantum Mechanics is derivable from Special Relativity
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