Tuesday, December 18, 2012

UPDATE: From our "Persistence is Futile" file...

A Canadian history buff seems to have cracked a coded World War II message that was found strapped to the leg of a dead carrier pigeon.

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Last month, Englishman David Martin found the bird's bones in his chimney when he was renovating his fireplace in the town of Surrey.

Inside a red capsule strapped to the leg of the bird was a message from Sergeant William Stott, who had been deployed behind German lines to observe the enemy's activities.

When the message was taken to Britain's top code-breakers at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), they declared the code uncrackable. (more) (audio report) (our original report)