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Is this saying words to the effect of;

“Is your father enough of a goof to take this information directly, or do we need a more complete goof to act as a cut out?”

The set up of the meeting is what George Smiley of Tinker Tailor fame would call classic Moscow trade craft. A junior and deniable official makes the offer, setting out the terms of the trade. The fact of the meeting draws the other side into compromise that can be used to pressure them in future. “If Magnitsky goes so do records of all of these embarrassing meeting. From time to time we might release one or two less important ones to encourage and remind you.”

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