Excerpt of An Ordinary Spy by Joseph Weisberg
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Back at my desk, I turned to McCelvoys cable again. I found the
line that was sticking in my head: "SUBJECT COULD CURRENTLY
BE LOCATED IN EMBASSY IN OR NEIGHBORING
COUNTRY WHILE UNDERGOING INTERROGATION,
, OR ANYWHERE IN v OR THE ." It
was quite a list of possibilities.
There was a contractor working in named William. There
were a fair number of these guys around, retired case officers who
got bored in retirement and came back to work desks in their old Divisions.
William was more impressive than most of them. He was
probably as close as there was to a George Smiley at the Agency,
meaning he was extremely smart and highly compassionate. He also
looked the part of the wise old hand, with white hair and square,
William had taken me under his wing as soon as Id arrived in the
office. Everyone at the Agency was friendlyyou called your bosses by
their first names, and even the Chief of the Division knew my name. It
was a requirement of the culture that you be nice, and people knew
how to do it. But Williams kindness felt more genuine. He asked questions
about my personal life and talked to me about things that had
nothing to do with the Agency. He went down to the cafeteria with me
for lunch at least once a week. He even invited me to his house for an
anniversary party where there were only eight or nine guests. Several of
them were very high- ranking Agency officers, and William introduced
me to them as "an extremely promising young C/O."
I was also fortunate because Williams final tour before retirement
had been as Chief of Station in . I asked him endless questions
about the operational environment and the people and the customs,
and I felt the things I was learning would allow me to hit the
ground running when I got there.
The day after I read the TRACER file, I went over to Williams
cubicle. He turned away from his computer and motioned for me to
"Im working on the file review," I said.
"Hows it coming?" he asked.
"Not bad. Im getting there. I ran into this caseTDTRACER."
William nodded slightly.
"You remember it?" I said.
"Bobby Goldsteins case."
"He was the C/O?"
"Yup," William said.
"Andrew L. Seegram?"
"I think that was his pseudonym. It sounds right."
"You were COS then?"
"Its funny, the last cable is . And its by a
different C/O. From the way it was written, I thought it might be
from the DCOS"Deputy Chief of Station"or something. I hope it
was okay that I read it."
"If it was in the file, I wouldnt worry about it."
"Whys a in with the regular file?"
"Probably just misfiled."
"And the whole thing just kind of stops in the middle. Where are the rest of the cables?"
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