Readings — From the June 2017 issue

Agent Provocateur

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From an FBI manual suggesting conversational techniques to recruit informants. The document was published by The Intercept in January.

flattery: You have such a pleasant voice on the telephone.

assumption: How does your husband feel about all the traveling that you do?

me same, you same: I didn’t realize that you were a trout fisherman, I love trout fishing.

attribution: I heard that the government of Zimbabwe has become unstable and is on the verge of collapse.

provocation: I think soccer is a great sport for people who want to play a sport but don’t have much athleticism.

confidence: Just between us, I’m a little uncomfortable. This isn’t the sort of event that I usually go to.

deception: I met Donald Trump at a charity dinner and he said some interesting things.

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