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4.0 out of 5 stars CIA Iranian Plot Uncovered, January 30, 2010
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Wanamaker ran a highly secret hidden Agency subgroup that devised a plot to neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat. Someone was tuned in to the scheme and wanted to stop it. They kept sending messages to Wanamaker letting him know the idea had been exposed. Was it the Russians? Wanamaker brought in Rear Admiral Toothacher (retired) to backtrack and find the leak. Turns out the leak came from a computer whiz, Weeder, who also worked for The Agency and had devised a very sophisticated program that allowed telephones sitting innocently in their cradles to give off impulses that provided key words that he could decipher. All he needed was the phone number to activate the program. Weeder had attended Yale at the same time as Wanamaker and carried a deep grudge against him. When he figured out the plot against Iran he wanted to stop it. From two perspectives (a) he hated Wanamaker (b) his conscience didn't want the CIA plot to work since innocent civilians would die. As a side plot, The Weeder was passionate about Nathan Hale and considered himself almost to be a modern day version. So there's a lot of back and forth between the present and revolutionary days in the story. I've previously read five books by the author An Agent In Place,Legends,The DeBriefing,The Sisters,Walking Back The Cat. My favorite was The Sisters. This was quite good in places. But parts were a bit unbelievable. Particularly towards the end when Weeder's female friend Snow got involved trying to save him. Still an interesting fairly quick read.
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