When a presentation by Lt. General James Clapper, the new spy chief Director for National Intelligence (DNIA) featured in the Washington Post we commented on the presenter’s use of cartoon imagery. We noted the spymaster PowerPoint skills involved. And we also noted how the Director managed to make light of the task ahead. Which he did, very well. Well, now it seems that there was more to the story about the spy chief PowerPoint presentation.
That’s because the cartoons were purloined. Sequestered. Borrowed. Is that what they call it in spy class? Who knows? Whatever you might call it…the cartoons were borrowed. Without permission.
So, it’s not exactly the classic cloak and dagger stuff that we might expect from the Director for National Intelligence. But, we have a wonderful image of the super sleuth’s private office as they trawl around the web. So, they borrow copyrighted cartoons for their own use. And then, of course, they got caught doing so. Gotcha! It just goes to show how many of the biggest security glitches are the result of human error.
The cartoonist in question, Daryl Cagle, hasn’t sent Director James Clapper a bill. But he has commented on his blog. Something tells me that you want to be wary of a political cartoonist scorned. Looking at the cartoons that Daryl prepares, that might be risky for anyone in the public eye. Spy or no spy.
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