By Chet Yarbrough
Conspiracy theories are a jaded genre of fiction. The Director is marginally interesting because of Assange’s WikeLeaks, and the Snowden NSA’ fiasco.
The author, David Ignatius, creates a young sallow faced uber-geek, a hacker named James Morris. Morris reminds one of Snowden’s public-image as a do-gooder out of his depth. Morris, like Snowden, has idealist intentions that have unintended consequences.
Ignatius character, James Morris is a pawn in a clandestine government conspiracy; a conspiracy to re-set the role of American’ secret services and the economies of nation-states.
Ignatius’ uber-geek works for the CIA. He is hired as a director of computer hacking but becomes a cyber-criminal working (unknowingly) for the Director of National Intelligence, Cyril Hoffman. Hoffman oversees all American’ intelligence services, including the CIA.
Morris is recruited by a small cadre of ex-intelligence-services people who, unknown to Morris, are a part of Hoffman’s conspiracy. Though Morris reports to the CIA director, his hidden agenda is aligned with Hoffman’s conspiracy. Morris believes he is working for the greater good of society when he is actually working for Hoffman’s plan to super-size American’ economic imperialism.
Morris’ assignment is to hack into the international banking system and redistribute the wealth of nations. Rich nations will lose a big part of their national wealth and poor nations will suddenly become flush with cash. The collapse of the international banking system is timed to occur before American markets open. Cyril Hoffman intends to have America become savior of the world banking system. Hoffman plans to make Morris the unwitting fall guy for world financial collapse.
However, Hoffman underestimates the resourcefulness of America’s new CIA director, a billionaire businessman recently appointed to resurrect the reputation of the agency. This new CIA director exposes Hoffman’s conspiracy.
The Director fails as a conspiracy theory thriller but succeeds in scaring anyone that believes in freedom (which does not infringe on others), and the right to privacy. If 50% of what Ignatius suggests cyber criminals are capable of is true, no economy; no government agency; no private individual is safe.
Ignatius writes a story that suggests no security system exists that is not crack-able by a good hacker that understands computer coding and the gullibility of human beings. Ignatius infers–a good hacker with social engineering skill can crack any security system that is dependent on 1’s and 0’s. As a conspiracy theory story, The Director is boring and predictable but, as an exposé of cyber-crime, it is frightening.