Attributes for Espionage

The sparse but effective prose of Kai Bird in his new book on Robert Ames, one of the CIA’s most effective Middle East hands, paints the careful operator in this way:

People warmed to him because he took an interest in them. Ames liked to wear Western boots, but he was more John le Carré than Louis L’Amour. A colleague described him as being “anonymous, perceptive, knowledgeable, highly motivated, critical, discreet — with a priest’s and cop’s understanding of the complexity of human nature in action.”
Mr. Bird

via The Good Spy

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