Master of modern espionage fiction, David Ignatius reads from his novel The Director
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Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.
Weber isn’t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. He’s the CIA’s in-house geek. Weber launches Morris on a mole hunt unlike anything in spy fiction, one that takes the reader into the hacker underground of Europe and America and ends up in a landscape of paranoia and betrayal. Like the new world of cyber-espionage from which it’s drawn, The Director is a maze of deception and double-dealing, about a world where everything is written in zeroes and ones and nothing can be trusted.
David Ignatius, the best-selling author of Body of Lies andThe Increment, among others, and prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years. He lives in Washington, DC.