[This appeared in my e-mail box. I have no idea what it is or where it came from. - HAC]
you will read is a transcript of an illegally taped, purported conversation
between two men, two cousins: former US Secretary of State Aaron
Stanton, and Michael Oswald, the director of the CIA.
is presumed that NSA recorded the
Michael Oswald, CIA Director: Listen, Aaron, Darlene
told me she believes your marriage can be saved. She's willing to
talk. You don't raise three children and then just walk away because you
had an affair. I'm sure you felt
"liberated" with a much younger woman. I've seen pictures of
her, and she's certainly beautiful. But did
you ever think you were being set up? They do that, you know. They
send in a honeypot, and then they nail you to the wall. But now Darlene
knows. She's a very stable person. She can handle it.
Aaron Stanton, former US Secretary of State: That's
not why I came here to talk. We can chew that subject to pieces some
other time. I want to talk about Justin Whitehead.
Michael Oswald: I just wanted to assure you the CIA
did not send the woman to you.
Aaron Stanton: Whitehead once worked for CIA.
Michael Oswald: Yes, he worked for us. In
2009. In Geneva.
He was head of computer security, under diplomatic cover.
Stanton: He quit. He went to work in the private sector.
Stanton: Why did he quit?
Oswald: Apparently, he became disillusioned. He witnessed one of
our little operations with a Swiss banker. We helped the man out of a
jam, and he subsequently gave us confidential information about numbered
Stanton: Sounds pretty thin to me. This boy Whitehead quit the CIA
because he discovered you people turn civilians into assets? What did he imagine
the CIA does? Sponsor knitting parties?
Oswald: Whitehead was and is unstable. Who knows why people like
him act the way they do?
Stanton: Michael, that's self-serving. After the fact, after he
steals all those secrets, you say he's unstable. I've watched his press
conferences. He appears to know exactly what's he's doing. And on
top of that, he's perfect in the role of dissident patriot, for the yuppie
computer generation. He's young, white, wan, thin, with that little stubble,
those glasses. I'm convinced that if he were 50, bald, with a pot belly, he
wouldn't have aroused nearly as much favorable sentiment.
Oswald: So now you're a profiler?
Stanton: I've heard rumors.
Oswald: Such as?
Stanton: The CIA's turf war with NSA. The battle over budget
money. The fact that human intelligence, which is the CIA's bread and
butter, has taken second place to electronic spying.
Oswald: Jesus. You're saying we helped Whitehead steal all those files,
just to fire a torpedo into NSA?
Oswald: That's ridiculous.
Stanton: Would you even know? As Director, you're miles above operations.
Oswald: I would know, believe me. As soon as Whitehead went public,
we launched an internal investigation. We've
put together every shred we have on Whitehead's days with the CIA.
Nothing sticks out. He's just a wild
card. No one could see it coming.
Stanton: Or your people are hiding the truth from you. They would, you
Oswald: Where is this coming from, Aaron?
Stanton: It wouldn't be the first time an employee of the CIA quit or
retired, but was still working for you. It also answers the question of
how he was able to get to all that secret NSA data. He had help. From your people. They set this whole thing up.
Oswald: I could spin a dozen wild hypotheses about Whitehead. But
none of them would be true. He was a lone operator. He was very
talented. NSA gave him access to everything.
Stanton: You should know there are people at NSA who believe Whitehead is
still working for the CIA.
Oswald: Of course there are. NSA wants to get off the hook. They want to blame us, or someone else, for their own problems and screw-ups.
Stanton: People who work as spies lie. They're trained to. This whole thing is a mess because...who can you believe?
Oswald: By that theory, there is no answer and there never will
be. Doubt everybody all the time---that's a self-defeating
philosophy. You have to put your faith somewhere.
Stanton: I'm beginning to reject that proposition. Maybe doubt is the
state of mind we need to cultivate.
Oswald: What is this? A primer in existentialism?
Stanton: Whitehead leaves the US for medical treatment. He
arrives in Hong Kong and stays there for
almost a month. And the NSA can't find him. But two reporters can. They
meet with him, and he turns over all his stolen files to them. Do you see
how absurd that is?
Oswald: So the CIA helped conceal him in Hong Kong? Is that what you're
Stanton: The Whitehead story line doesn't make sense. He joins the Army
and is accepted into a training program for the Special Forces. Why? Because he's a physical marvel? Obviously, because of his
computer skills. But then he breaks both legs in an accident, and he's
discharged from the service. Why? He can't operate a computer
Michael Oswald: I don't know anything about that.
Aaron Stanton: Well, you should.
Michael Oswald: Who sent you to talk to me, Aaron?
The Vice President. And he's no doubt acting on behalf of the
Michael Oswald: The President? Who has his ear?
Aaron Stanton: I would assume the NSA does
Michael Oswald: Are you saying this whole thing could blow up and affect us [CIA]?
Aaron Stanton: Not out in the open.
Michael Oswald: I need to meet with the
Aaron Stanton: Consider this a preliminary to that meeting.
Michael Oswald: You're going to pass along what I say here?
Aaron Stanton: Parts of it. But I want to give you cover if you need it.
Michael Oswald: The Vice President should know the
CIA has important details about what really happened in Benghazi. And
Operation Fast and Furious is also on our radar. Don't ask, don't tell works on both
Aaron Stanton: Yes it does. The Vice President
knows the CIA and DEA made highly illegal arrangements to protect the Sinaloa
drug cartel, in exchange for Sinaloa providing intel on other cartels.
Michael Oswald: As usual, it's a standoff.
Aaron Stanton: That's true. However, the NSA
is the joker in the deck. Nobody really knows how much information
they've gathered on politicians and what they're willing to leak to the media. So they're in a strong position with the White House. The
whole situation could become unstable, unbalanced.
Michael Oswald: Which is precisely why NSA needs to
be taken down a few notches.
Aaron Stanton: Are you saying that's what the CIA
did in the Whitehead affair? He is your man?
Oswald: I'm not saying anything. All of us...maintain an
equilibrium with each other. We protect America, and in doing so we
sometimes step outside the boundaries.
Stanton: My extra-marital dalliance...it was exposed by the files
Whitehead stole. So I'm on your side, Michael. I want NSA to feel
pain. I wouldn't balk if Whitehead is the CIA's man and he's sticking it
to those people.
Oswald: There's something else you should know. We have evidence
that NSA has been spying...how shall I put this, spying on where black-budget
money actually goes. They have files on it, going back a number of years.
Huge amounts of federal money that have been derailed, diverted, stolen.
Were that information to be leaked, it would be devastating.
Stanton: Significant heads would roll.
Oswald: Many heads. NSA must be curbed.
Stanton: This is a very delicate situation.
Oswald: In a reasonable world, if I have something on you and you have
something on me, we stay silent. We protect each other.
Stanton: Here is what I think happened. At some point, while Whitehead
was stationed in Geneva,
working for the CIA, he was profiled extensively by his own people. They
discovered he was a bit of a loose cannon, a libertarian, with
strong patriotic feelings. So a few men approached him. They hinted that
they were looking for a man to perform a risky bit of business, for the sake of
the Republic. They told him the modern Surveillance State
was going too far, it was endangering people's basic rights, and the NSA needed
to be exposed. Eventually,
Whitehead responded positively to this suggestion. So these CIA people,
who were vetting him, who might have been real patriots themselves, or just
agents with orders to take down the NSA, explained the mission in detail. Whitehead, if he volunteered, would go to work for the NSA a few years hence,
and he would be given access [with vital CIA help] to an extraordinary range of
documents detailing NSA surveillance operations.
would leave the country with these documents and leak them to the press. Of
course, he could never come back to America, and he would face dangers,
but the CIA would do everything in its power to protect him. And
Whitehead agreed to take on this role.
Oswald: An interesting tale. Are you outlining a novel?
Stanton: No. I'm just putting pieces together.
Oswald: And where are you getting these pieces?
Aaron Stanton: Think about it. NSA has
floated at least three explanations for how Whitehead was able to stroll into
work and steal the farm. They said he had a thumb drive, a weapon
against which the greatest, smartest, and richest spy agency in the world
was powerless. Then they said Whitehead had obtained passwords from
colleagues at the office, an equally absurd story. They also said
Whitehead was such a natural genius, NSA put him in charge of
security-oversight, with access to everything. We're supposed to believe that NSA, for all
its spying efforts around the world, simply forgot to lock its own
doors. It forgot to install an internal
security system that would thwart its own employees and contractors. Far more likely,
NSA does have exceptionally good security. But highly
and dedicated professionals, from a rival agency, the CIA, were able,
over time, to crack that system. And then
their front man, their lone wolf, Whitehead, was given his cache of
files, and he walked out of work and never came back.
Michael Oswald: No comment. Except that you're
Aaron Stanton: I no longer have faith in the
mission. And I'm not just talking about the American government's agenda,
but any government's.
Michael Oswald: A thinking person has to take sides.
Aaron Stanton: But suppose reality makes that
Michael Oswald: I don't know what you're talking about.
Aaron Stanton: Suppose reality is a charade?
Oswald: At the CIA, we work with charades all the time.
Stanton: Well, consider that you're inventing illusions in order to
support other illusions. The CIA and the NSA are two dream merchants
fighting for turf, fighting for the right to define What Is for everyone
Oswald: I don't see anything wrong with that. Somebody has to say, "This
Stanton: How about the individual?
Oswald: There is no such thing. The individual is dead.
Stanton: Well, I'm certainly glad we can agree on
something. We won't need humans in their present state. We would do far
better with androids.
Oswald: We're working on it.