Translation of taped conversation that took place in [DELETED] last month. While the transcript has been altered to remove incriminating names, we believe the conversations took place as stated.
[SUBJECT 95]: Did you hear the repair team's report? They say the boat might have been deliberately holed!
[SUBJECT 23]: What! I thought it couldn't be accidental! Was it THEM?
95: No, they think someone aboard did it. Do you think we've been penetrated, sir?
23: Impossible... but the timing was far too coincidental. It's as if someone wanted THEIR boat to rescue our people.
95: But all our people returned safely- do you think they passed on information?
23: They had no access to useful information- wait a minute! No! It's too horrible to contemplate!
95: What on Earth could be so bad?
23: Someone is forcing our people and THEIR people into contact! And, worst of all, in situations where they have to co-operate!
95: How can that hurt us, sir?
23: Don't you see? Our official line is that THEY're sub-human criminals- this kind of situation undermines everything we've worked for!
95: But surely co-operation is the best option against the genuine criminal element in the area? I believe THEY did help out our people in an operation where we had trouble, recently.
23: No, no! [SUBJECT01] was happy to let that area go to pot in order to undermine THEM. Now he's gone, we're responsible for continuing that policy. Sacrifices must be made.
95: If you insist, sir... is it too late for damage limitation?
23: Yes, dammit, THEIR press people already have the story. We'll just have to find something else to muddy the waters. Our own press probably won't touch it, so that should suffice for now. But who could be doing this? And why?
95: Our repair team couldn't be mistaken, could they?
23: You forget the timing- no, someone wanted our boat to suffer the indignity of being rescued by THEM, I'm sure of it! And then there was that fire near the border on our side that THEY put out, too!
95: Aren't you being a little paranoid, sir?
23: Are you out to get me too? Are you after my job? For all I know it's you who's responsible for this incident!
95: Now hold on, sir, I couldn't have been...
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