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A cold mist hovered over Lake Washington, a vaporous green after a morning of rain, when John Vandel arrived in Seattle. The CIA official had traveled from Washington to visit an electronics engineer named Jason Schmidt, who ran a small, privately owned Canada Goose Coats On Sale computer company that hadn’t yet built its first product. The plant was a low rise brick building on the southern end of the lake, near the Boeing factory in Renton. A sign announced the initials of the company, “QED,” short for Quantum Engineering Dynamics, etched in cobalt blue.

Vandel rang the buzzer. He was a lean, putty faced man with a bad haircut that spiked short gray hairs in odd directions. His complexion was scarred; his body had an elastic bend at the joints. The only things that sparkled were the slate gray eyes that retained an intense focus even when the rest of him was slack. He was wearing canada goose uk outlet a rumpled black suit Canada Goose Outlet and carrying a briefcase.

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“I’m Jason Schmidt,” he said shyly. “I guess I’m the boss.”

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“I’m here because of your letter,” said Vandel when he was seated. His eyes wandered the room for a moment and then locked on Schmidt. He removed a two page letter from his briefcase and read the opening sentence aloud:

Canada Goose Outlet ” ‘I am writing to the Central Intelligence Agency because I have infor mation that is important for our national security.’ That rang our bell.” Canada Goose Outlet

Schmidt was nervous. He cleared his throat. “You must think I’m a crank, you know, or a kook, or something.” He was fumbling for words. “You probably get canadian goose jacket crazy letters from people all the time.”

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Schmidt mumbled an apology. government all this way.

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Schmidt held up his hand. He was an engineer. He didn’t want to overpromise.

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“I don’t know anything about them except their name. ‘Parcourse Technology Partners.’ I’ve never heard of them. Nobody around here has. But their fund manager said they would pay cash for control of QED. When I asked for a number, he said a billion dollars, maybe more.

buy canada goose jacket cheap I mean, we’re still beta testing our first machine. It didn’t make sense. Who are they? Do you know?” buy canada goose jacket cheap

cheap Canada Goose “They’re Chinese. They have an office in Menlo Park, owned by a nameplate company in Panama. The Panama shell is a front for the Chinese Ministry of State Security. I’m assuming the Chinese govern ment is so impressed with what you’re doing that they want to buy you out. So I’m here to make you a better offer.” cheap Canada Goose

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“I don’t like rules. I’m a scientist. If I wanted rules I could work for Microsoft up in Redmond. But tell me anyway: What’s the rule?”

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