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Nothing But the Truth by Maryann Karinch

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9 Applying the Skills to Hostile Sources

I don’t ask him for anything. I ask him, “Is there anything I can do for you?”1

—Eric Maddox,the Army interrogator who located Saddam Husseinon his approach to launching an interrogation

IMDB.com’s one-line synopsis of The Silence of the Lambs, the 1992 winner of the Best Picture Oscar, is: “A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.” In this case, therefore, it is the hostile source—Hannibal Lecter—who lures the interrogator into a quid pro quo exchange that provides her with the truth she needs to catch a killer. Lecter won’t simply answer Agent Clarice Starling’s questions; he is an intelligent ...

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