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There’s more to this than meets the eye …

The Somerton Man Code, aka the Rubaiyat Code: how I’d like a dollar for every hour this image has been looked it, examined and pored over, all to no avail.

Forget micro-code, dismiss DANETTA, both being too unwieldy and obvious to be considered in any way secure by the spies who roamed Adelaide’s streets in the late forties.

Russian spies. American spies. English spies. All on the lookout for information coming out of the weapons development project. All with eyes in the back of their heads.

Paranoid spies.

How is it, I hear you ask, that until last year nobody realised that whoever wrote the Rubaiyat code hid a deliberate pattern in the placement of the capital letters?

Can’t see it can you? And you know why? Because it’s hidden so expertly. Only spies know how to do that and in this case so successfully it took over seventy years before someone realised what he was looking at.

But that’s not all  .. for a spy to go to so much trouble to hide what could only be a key means that the Rubaiyat itself contained another message secreted amongst the numbered quatrains, invisible to all except those who knew the game and could follow the key, because spying has always been called The Great Game.

But then somebody did find it, didn’t they?

That’s why we’ve never seen the ‘Freeman’ Rubaiyat and why Naval Intelligence didn’t either, which means somebody stepped into the case in the first week of Freeman handing the book in to DS Leane, who apparently lost it.

Or so it was said.

There is some doubt.

The Garden Path

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    Strange, but why didn’t Naval Intelligence insist on examining the Freeman Rubaiyat? That ‘somebody’ must have had some clout?

    June 27, 2022
    • Naval Int built their reputation on tracking and decoding Japanese signals during WW2, I’m thinking they wouldn’t have had much experience in any other field, let alone the shenanigans MI5 were involved in. They probably just went along with working on a ‘similar’ book .. I remember asking Pelling if he thought it would have made any difference not having the original and he thought not, proving he knows as little about espionage as Naval Int. did at the time. Cramer would agree, I’m sure.

      June 27, 2022
  2. What is revealed by the placement of the letters?

    June 29, 2022
    • You’d need the book the letters were written on to know that.

      June 29, 2022

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