Barry Eisler On Lies And Fake Truths

Liars: Expert and Inexpert

Well, at least when it comes to effective deceit, we should be able to count on the CIA, right? After all, deceit is the name of the intelligence game. If you’re in the business of deniably toppling third world dictators and the like, surely you could invent an effective cover for destroying a few internal tapes. Heck, “cover for action” is one of the most fundamental elements of tradecraft, taught to every spy who’s ever graduated from the Farm.

Uh, no.

Barry Eisler was formerly an employee of the CIA and is now clean as a best-selling writer of the Rain series of mysteries. (See prior coverage in the old blog, here and here.)

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