There was an article on the BBC web site a few weeks back – a pigeon had been found in a chimney – a dead pigeon from WWII – with a secret code tied to its legs.
GCHQ has looked at it but it was too hard. They talked about cypher technology – if the key was lost the message might never be found. ANd so they posted the message up on line. What wuld the whole world make of it – not even GCHQ has all teh brains in the planets.
And today it looks like its cracked… by a guy in Canada that has an old codes book and he has pieced it together and also offered to context to the message.
Its a great story – Im a sucker for intrigue – and I’m thinking three things.
1) Sometimes complex things are sometimes lot simpler than you fear – you just need the right people to help.
2) Even in the most closed and controlled environments knowledge management is a challenge – heaven help us in the diffused SocialEra world
3) Just how well the planet is connected when it huddles around a trusted influencer like the BBC
Now of course this could all be a ruse to obscure a deep dark secret – “Spin them the pigeon” could be a secret service tactic – but as it stand lets just enjoy a happy ending
The story is here.