Jed's back on the phone with Chigorin. There's a lot of yelling going on. Leo's talking this time, too. They're still trying to sell their "taking pictures of coastal erosion" story, but Chigorin ain't buying. He's sent out his own S&R team to get the plane. Leo says they're going to see it: "Because in five minutes I'm telling the President to blow it up." Chigorin retorts, "Feel free." Jed suddenly tries a novel approach: the truth. Ignoring Leo's look of concern, Jed confesses that the U.S. spy planes were taking pictures of Kaliningrad. He explains that they were taking pictures of black-market nuclear materials being transported to nongovernmental elements: "Rogue engineers, unemployed military scientists, ex-KGB...it's just as big a problem for you as it is for us. But you're not dealing with it, so we were taking pictures of Kaliningrad." Jed tells Chigorin that they're going to have to trust each other a little bit. Well, that's rich coming from the guy who's been a lying liar about his spy plane all night. He says that the U.S. will share the pictures they got, but not the technology they used to get them: "Otherwise I'm detonating it, and neither of us see the pictures." Except that according to the GovExec.com Gaffe Report, "UAVs transmit pictures in real-time via satellite, so there would be no need to recover the vehicle to get the pictures. One anonymous but well-placed source says, 'There would be no point in the data being held in the plane because that would defeat the purpose of an unmanned data-gathering platform.'" Jed tells Chigorin again that they have to trust each other: "Our two countries have stopped the world from annihilating itself for sixty years because of conversations like this one." Oh, for...don't get me started. Chigorin says he will talk it over with his people. They hang up and Leo says, "Good. I'd have said, 'We weren't spying on you, we were spying for you,' but..." Jed says that if he calls back, they'll have a deal. In the meantime, he wants to play poker.
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