Sunday, December 29, 2019
Our meeting was not contrived. Not by me, not by Ed, not by any of the hidden hands supposedly pulling at his strings. I was not targeted. Ed was not put up to it. We were neither covertly nor aggressively observed. He issued a sporting challenge. I accepted it. We played. There was no contrivance, no conspiracy, no collusion. There are events in my life - only a few these days, it's true - that admit of one version only. Our meeting was such an event. My telling of it never wavered in all the times they made me repeat it.
-John Le Carré, Agent Running In The Field