I just tried downloading a friend's key from https://keyserver.pgp.com/. The "key" I received has this as its header which has me scratching my head and a little concerned about what has happened with the global directory over the last few years.
-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----
Version: PGP Universal 2.9.1 (Build 347)
My concerns are twofold:
1. It isn't supposed to be a message but rather a key.
2. So far as I know version 2.9.1 was unsupported over a year ago. Why is symantec running it internally. It seems to me that the last time I checked the global directory was running 3.x. I know 2.9.x had a number of issues. I am curious if delivering keys as messages was one of them.
I did try changing the header and footer to indicate it is a public key and was able to get Kleopatra to import the key. It just seems weird (and I thought someone on the PGP team as opposed to the verisign side might want to know).