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Take him out

You know there's this movie out, a comedy where two guys are going to North Korea and the CIA tells them it want them to assassinate Kim Jong Un?

To be precise, in one of the trailers, a CIA operative says, "We want you to take him out," and the dudebros say, ".... like for drinks? Like for dinner?" And then they realize the operative wants them to kill him.

So, the funny thing is, in real life, I had exactly the opposite conversation with someone. Back in 1997, someone I know (hereafter SIK)--got an assignment from MI-6. SIK wasn't actually in the employ of MI-6, but for Reasons the assignment came their way. So, anyway, SIK was describing the assignment to me and said that there was this particular person in this particular country, and SIK had to "take them out."

I couldn't believe my ears. A person of my actual acquaintance was... going to kill someone, and was telling me?

"You're ... going to ... " And then SIK saw from my horrified expression what I was thinking, and said, "No, no, no: take them out. As in, out of the country they're in."

Oooooooooh. Well okay then.


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Dec. 6th, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
I saw the preview for that and thought "Yeah, I'd still rather watch Archer"
Dec. 6th, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not going to be running out to see it either. But it was just that phrase! It's because it's used that way that I was so shocked when SIK used it.
Dec. 6th, 2014 03:55 am (UTC)
Someone should write Amelia Bedelia: Secret Agent.
Dec. 6th, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
That would be a riot!
Dec. 6th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
You RULE!!!!
Dec. 6th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
Wouldn't it have been interesting if he'd been assigned simply to wine and dine?
Dec. 6th, 2014 04:22 am (UTC)
Wouldn't that be great? If MI-6 just wanted to make sure that this or that random person had a night out on the town now and then?
Dec. 6th, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
Whispering: {{{give that woman a Band-Aid, and cut that guy's hair}}}
Dec. 6th, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2014 04:50 am (UTC)
Whispering: {{{give that woman a Band-Aid, and cut that guy's hair}}}

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Dec. 6th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha, perfect :D
Dec. 6th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
Ooooh!!! *bliss*
Dec. 6th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
I can imagine your very startled face. :)
Dec. 6th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
The whole circumstance was very surreal--it was hard to believe *any* of it--but I was *very* glad that I'd misunderstood.
Dec. 6th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
"At least, I'm pretty sure that's what they want me to do..."
Dec. 7th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
MI-6 operative afterward, muttering, "Note to self: never use subcontractors...."
Dec. 6th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)

So weird, when what one would think a page from story life suddenly crashes into one's mundane life!
Dec. 7th, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
I was recalling this incident with Wakanomori after posting about it, asking him if he remembered the explanation for why someone should need to be extracted from another country in this manner, and he said as he recalled, it was because the person was paranoid there were going to be attempts on their life--and maybe it wasn't even paranoia, as maybe they had information that the hosting country didn't want non-nationals to be in possession of, if you know what I mean.

SIK had some standing in the host country, so maybe their acting as a chaperone diffused the situation? ... Complete speculation, but it would make sense...

And yeah, I was completely boggled by the situation--even when assassination was off the table.
Dec. 7th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah--a reminder of how much hidden stuff is going on at any time.
Dec. 8th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
Very glad you misunderstood and I would have been worried about someone blabbing if they HAD meant the other kind of taking out. :P
Dec. 8th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
I sincerely hope and believe that SIK would never have accepted the mission if that had been its purpose. *shudder* (... but obviously I had my doubts!)
Dec. 8th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
And you are using the perfect icon. :D
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