Wyrick reached and picked up the photo to take a closer look at Lance, apparently captured outside of a store in Juarez by an overhead camera. Blurry, fuzzy, but him.
“One of mine?” Wyrick asked.
“I’ve got a real problem. Five Mexican drug cartels are lined up ready to declare war and kill dozens, hundreds. And it is almost totally because of what this man did in Juarez four months ago.” Orozco sat forward a bit for emphasis. “I’m told by several credible authorities that this individual is CIA, black ops, a spook. And I’m told he is one of yours.”
Not cool. No one should know any of that.
“And can I ask who told you this?” Wyrick looked up from the photo and asked. When he got no reply, he added, “Telling someone something like that would be highly illegal. If this gentlemen were an intelligence operative working under cover, releasing this information could get someone arrested and put away for a long time. That would likely be a breach of national security, if it occurred and if it had any element of truth to it.”
“And that would be a shame if someone gave a crap about a silly little law that has been broken numerous times over the years. No, I don’t think anyone would be too scared at all to release information about this individual if he turned out to be a CIA operative because in doing so, someone might just save a great number of lives.” Orozco wasn’t done. “But releasing information about this individual is not what is necessary to head off this impending tragedy. No, the deal requires that this individual be returned to Juarez and turned over to the Cartel. And then, and only then, will their declared war be called off. That’s why I’m here Wyrick.”
Excerpt from The Perfect Patriot – book 5 in the Lance Priest / Preacher series.