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Roland was flanked by his two deputies on the opposite side. All three had pens and notepads ready to go. Joel and Clayburn had nothing. "Let's start and finish a conversation about the CIA," Backman began, determined to be in charge of the proceedings. "As I understand the law, or at least the way things once worked around here, the director of the CIA is in charge of all intelligence activities." "That's correct," Roland said. "What will you do with the information I am about to give you?" The major glanced to his right, and the look that passed between him and the deputy there conveyed a lot of uncertainty. "As you said, sir, the director is entitled to know and have everything." Backman smiled and cleared his throat. "Major, the CIA tried to get me killed, okay? And, as far as I know, they're still after me. I don't have much use for the guys over at Langley." "Mr. Maynard his gone, Mr. Backman." "And someone took his place. I don't want money, Major. I want protection. First, I want my own government to leave me alone." "That can be arranged," Roland said with authority. "And I'll need some help with a few others." "Why don't you tell us everything, Mr. Backman? The more we know, the more we can help you." With the exception of Neal, Joel Backman didn't trust another person on the face of the earth. But the time had come to lay it all on the table and hope for the best. The chase was over; there was no place else to run. He began with Neptune itself, and described how it was built by Red China, how the technology was stolen from two different US. defense contractors, how it was launched under cover and fooled not only the US. but also the Russians, the British, and the Israelis. He narrated the lengthy story of the three Pakistanis-their ill-fated discovery, their fear of what they found, their curiosity at being able to communicate with Neptune, and their brilliance in writing software that could manipulate and neutralize the system. He spoke harshly of his own giddy greed in shopping JAM to various governments, hoping to make more money than anyone could dream of. He pulled no punches when recalling the recklessness of Jacy Hubbard, and the foolishness of their schemes to peddle their product. Without hesitation, he ad

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John Grisham: The broker  

John Grisham - 2005

John Grisham: The broker  

John Grisham - 2005

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