The judge’s secret message was: “Jackie Fisher, who are you? Dreadnought” …
Judge Smith is known as a navy buff, and Fisher was a Royal Navy admiral who developed the idea for a giant battleship called the HMS Dreadnought in the early 20th century.
Three weeks after a British court passed judgment in the copyright case involving Dan Brown’s bestseller “The Da Vinci Code,” a lawyer has uncovered what may be a secret message buried in the text of the ruling.
Lawyer Dan Tench noticed some letters in the judgment had been italicized, and it suddenly dawned on him that they spelled a phrase that included the name of the judge: “Smith code.”
The italicized letters scattered throughout the judgment spell out: “smithcodeJaeiextostpsacgreamqwfkadpmqz.” Those in the first paragraphs spell out “smith code.” But what does the rest mean?
The opinion in question appears to be Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh v. The Random House Group Limited, High Court of Justice Chancery Division, Case No: HC04C03092,  EWHC 719 (Ch),  All ER (D) 113 (Apr). It’s available on Westlaw and LexisNexis, although I didn’t see that any random letters were italicized.