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  •  A Delicate Truth (10+ / 0-)

    by John Le Carre is the antithesis of they prior vision of spy as the good guy.  He wrote enough of those books and now he's written one where the whistle-blowers are the good guys ensnared in TIA in trying to blow the whistle on the coverup of an operation that wasn't supposed to ever have taken place resulting in murder that was also not supposed to happen.  It was a total rogue operation and the cover-up being discovered was inevitable.  As a government whistle-blower from the 80s, I found plenty of triggers and a ha moments in the book.  Clearly, Le Carre, like Tom Clancy, has people who leak to him to pepper his story with insider information to make the story more real.  As for whistle-blower as hero, I don't think that's what we are.  We all become martyrs by design.  So, if some of us are revered as a result, it's because we've come through "fire," not because we follow a Hollywood hero story line in any sense of the word.  Hollywood would have to be reformatted for that an the world would have to change global thinking for those films to sell.  The odd indie flick, perhaps, but Hollywood would have to change entirely.  

    Another fine diary, tool.

    Shine like the humblest star.

    by ljm on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:39:51 AM PDT

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    •  Le Carre is No Stranger to Writing... (4+ / 0-)
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      ...morally ambiguous characters in a morally ambiguous setting. For example, the stories involving George Smiley and the men and women of 'The Circus.'

      best,

      john

      Strange that a harp of thousand strings should keep in tune so long

      by jabney on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 02:05:53 PM PDT

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      •  Indeed (4+ / 0-)
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        One of the reviews I read of the book points out that Smiley is the antithesis of the whistle-blowers in this book.  Smiley keeps the secrets at any cost.  That's something most spies and whistle-blowers have in common.  Most have identities that remain secret.  The public doesn't know who they are, what they've done or what happens to them.  It's the rare whistle-blower who plays out like Joe Wilson in an op-ed about yellowcake in Niger and no WMD that ends up outing his spy wife in the papers.  Most of the time, the whistle-blower is ignored by the press and spies aren't supposed to be outed by law or the outer is guilty under the Espionage Act of 1917.  Why didn't all of the "outers" get put in jail on that one?  Totally political, that.

        Shine like the humblest star.

        by ljm on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:13:45 PM PDT

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    •  Read "Aboslute Friends" (3+ / 0-)
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      Not his best work, but it paints a scarily accurate picture of the merging of corporatists and spies.

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:41:40 PM PDT

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