Sunday, December 28, 2014

RULE # 1

Don’t stiff your spymaster, he probably knows too much.

By the very definition of his job, a spymaster knows secrets.  He knows the deepest secrets of the leader of the country for whom he works, as well as knowing the secrets he and his operatives have uncovered at the request of said leader; secrets that would be embarrassing, on both levels, if ever revealed.

So why screw your spymaster?  

Why cast him out without explanation and final payment?  

It makes no sense.

But sometimes leaders make no sense.  Especially when they are surrounded by corrupt courtiers.

Such was the case with Prince Albert II of Monaco, who employed a spymaster for five-and-a-half years.

The inept prince, who followed a corrupt path instead of the ethical path he had promised his subjects and the world, would not bring his spymaster’s account current, despite legal notice, which the prince chose to ignore.

This resulted in a lawsuit filed in a U.S. court.

Leaders of foreign countries deal with lawsuits filed against them in U.S. courts by hiding behind “sovereign immunity.”

But lawsuits attract publicity. 

A prominent British Sunday newspaper reported the spymaster’s lawsuit.  Soon, an avalanche of bad publicity fell upon the prince and his principality.

The prince’s lawyer finally responded, with prevarication, saying that the spymaster’s intelligence service had never existed.

This, of course, was a lie.

To prove the veracity of his claim, the spymaster created a blog and revealed, globally, the full story of his service to Prince Albert.  It naturally included very many secrets.

Consequently, the prince was proven to be a liar, as well as corrupt and inept. 

And though he continues to be a prince, his subjects—and many others around the globe—laugh at him behind his back.

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