Saturday, February 14, 2015

RULE # 26

Unlike most intelligence services, do not fear media, courts and elected representatives; embrace them.

Intelligence services are generally fearful of media enquiries, government oversight and/or being hauled into court by judges who can override confidentiality.

Many intelligence officers are risk-averse for fear of being exposed in the media for involvement in controversial operations; for them, it would be a career killer.  They are also risk-averse for fear of ending up personally prosecuted for violating some obscure statute of which their superiors were either unaware or ignored.

Intelligence bigwigs strive to avoid being grilled by Congressmen looking to enhance their political careers.

Monaco’s spymaster did not subscribe to such fears.  He believed it more strategic to solicit the assistance, witting or unwitting, of the fourth estate, to meet objectives.

After Monaco’s spymaster established a relationship between Prince Albert and the CIA, he secured U.S. government oversight by creating a relationship with a U.S. Senator serving on the Select Intelligence Committee.  

He did this so that if CIA officers misinterpreted their relationship (as they did), and wrote it up their own way for maximum advantage to the CIA (as they did), at least someone in government oversight would know the truth.

As for the courts:  when you are confident of the facts, and everything you report and write can be proven, under oath, through documents and witness testimony, the courts are your friend, not foe.

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