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I first met Gordon Hughes near the Hamburg docks in a dark, smoke-filled tavern; the kind of place often frequented by gruff old mariners in search of nothing more than solitude and a mostly-clean glass of thick ale. I was the obvious outsider, my colourful parka a stark contrast to the sea of heavy, dark outerwear and matching faces of the men that periodically shot surly, suspicious glances my way from across the tops of their quickly-draining mugs. Hughes, however, looked as if he had been sailing the North Sea his entire life. He chuckled to himself as he adjusted his watchcap, revealing a wash of salt and pepper hair. ''"You'd have never made it in my line of work. You're a fish out of water here,"'' he said with a thick Prussian accent.
 
I first met Gordon Hughes near the Hamburg docks in a dark, smoke-filled tavern; the kind of place often frequented by gruff old mariners in search of nothing more than solitude and a mostly-clean glass of thick ale. I was the obvious outsider, my colourful parka a stark contrast to the sea of heavy, dark outerwear and matching faces of the men that periodically shot surly, suspicious glances my way from across the tops of their quickly-draining mugs. Hughes, however, looked as if he had been sailing the North Sea his entire life. He chuckled to himself as he adjusted his watchcap, revealing a wash of salt and pepper hair. ''"You'd have never made it in my line of work. You're a fish out of water here,"'' he said with a thick Prussian accent.
   
Hughes is a retired '''spy'''. He has spent over 30 years undercover stealing the deepest, darkest secrets of the [[Soviet Union|Soviets]] and, more recently, the [[Empire of the Rising Sun]]. A master of disguise, he will only consent to be interviewed at the place and time of his choosing, under a false name and an altered appearance. He is in complete control of the situation.
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Hughes is a retired '''spy'''. He has spent over 30 years undercover stealing the deepest, darkest secrets of the Soviets and, more recently, the Empire of the Rising Sun. A master of disguise, he will only consent to be interviewed at the place and time of his choosing, under a false name and an altered appearance. He is in complete control of the situation.
   
 
Now we sit outside of a small cafe in Phuket, Thailand to continue our interview. He orders coffee and a pastry, his accent French now. When I comment on his white linen suit and European looks, he points out that being inconspicuous does not always mean blending in.
 
Now we sit outside of a small cafe in Phuket, Thailand to continue our interview. He orders coffee and a pastry, his accent French now. When I comment on his white linen suit and European looks, he points out that being inconspicuous does not always mean blending in.
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'''GH''': ''"Most of that is just fantasy. No, no, I used my brain. The most important aspect to successful espionage is basic human psychology, how to manipulate perceptions and make people see what you want them to see. For some, the ability to read people is a natural talent--it then becomes a matter of training yourself to react appropriately, to lead the mark to whichever logical conclusion you desire. People are actually very easy to manipulate. Animals ... well, they're a different story."''
 
'''GH''': ''"Most of that is just fantasy. No, no, I used my brain. The most important aspect to successful espionage is basic human psychology, how to manipulate perceptions and make people see what you want them to see. For some, the ability to read people is a natural talent--it then becomes a matter of training yourself to react appropriately, to lead the mark to whichever logical conclusion you desire. People are actually very easy to manipulate. Animals ... well, they're a different story."''
   
I wanted to pursue this further, and better-understand Hughes' ontological distinction between humans and ''"animals"'', but the expression on Hughes's face dissuaded me. Then it passed, and he was once again the urbane expatriate Frenchman.
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I wanted to pursue this further, and better-understand Hughes' ontological distinction between humans and ''"animals"'', but the expression on Hughes's face dissuaded me. Then it passed, and he was once again the urbane expatriate Frenchman.
   
 
'''BM''': ''"What would have happened if you had been captured?"''
 
'''BM''': ''"What would have happened if you had been captured?"''
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'''BM''': ''"What do you have to say about these reports I've heard that you need a Defense Bureau to operate now? Is it true?"''
 
'''BM''': ''"What do you have to say about these reports I've heard that you need a Defense Bureau to operate now? Is it true?"''
   
'''GH''': ''"Indeed. What I said in Phuket about using our minds is true, but first we need to fill it. Back when it was just the Soviet Union and the Empire of the Rising Sun, it was easy enough; the Commies aren't too complex, and neither are the Japanese. But now with the [[Atomic Kingdom of China|Chinese]], [[Mediterranean Syndicate|Italians]], and [[Confederate Revolutionaries|those cheeky Americans]] acting up, not to mention rumors going on about a [[Order of the Talon|cult of religious zealots]] and even an [[Electrical Protectorate|army of super-intelligent robots]], things are now different."''
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'''GH''': ''"Indeed. What I said in Phuket about using our minds is true, but first we need to fill it. Back when it was just the Soviet Union, it was easy enough; the Commies aren't too complex. But now with the Chinese, Italians, and those cheeky Americans acting up, things are now different."''
   
 
'''BM''': ''"What exactly do you do at the Bureau, then?"''
 
'''BM''': ''"What exactly do you do at the Bureau, then?"''
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== Quotes ==
 
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=== Spy ===
 
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=== Upon exiting the Boot Camp: ===
 
=== Upon exiting the Boot Camp: ===
 
* Ready to infiltrate.
 
* Ready to infiltrate.
 
 
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