Monday, February 9, 2015

RULE # 23

Thierry Lacoste

Do not underestimate the opposition (as tempting as that may be), nor become complacent

Your targets may be better informed than you think; they may even have a spy in your camp.

The point is, you don’t know what they know.  And it may be that their jobs, their reputations, and even their freedom is at stake based on your investigations.

People get desperate when they feel threatened.

Such was the case with Prince Albert of Monaco’s personal lawyer, Thierry Lacoste.

Lacoste felt very threatened by Monaco’s spymaster.

Lacoste knew that he was engaged in serious conflicts of interest, acting for his Monaco-based clients on one hand, and trying to influence the Prince’s decision-making on the other.

Lacoste is not terribly bright, and actually rather incompetent.

But he had been friends with the Prince since childhood.  And even though the Prince’s father wanted Lacoste as far from Monaco as possible (for good reason), Lacoste had managed to stick around.

The Prince, ultimately, was more willing to believe his corrupt and incompetent childhood friend over the objective findings of his spymaster.

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