Zhao Jin solid an appraising look at Mohammad, who moved his meals round on his plate and mentioned, “He gained’t be a senator for for much longer.”
“No,” Zhao Jin answered. “He gained’t.”
“He’ll be within the White Home quickly.”
“It might appear so.”
“He gained’t take Lily Bao with him,” added Mohammad.
“Would Kennedy have turn into president if as a substitute of Jackie he’d married a German? The daughter of Rommel or Guderian? The injuries of America’s final warfare stay open, and Shriver is an excessive amount of of a coward to danger his political profession for her. Additionally, there’s one thing else.”
“What’s that?” the elder James Mohammad requested impatiently.
Zhao Jin volleyed his gaze between them, as if he have been weighing whether or not to share this final bit of knowledge. “The sequence of code on Widespread Sense. In your experiences, you point out considerations that it was stolen from an Okinawa-based researcher you’ve funded, a Dr. Yamamoto.”
“Sure,” mentioned Mohammad. “That’s my concern.”
“Earlier than Lily Bao set off on her personal, she labored for the Tandava Group. I assume you’re aware of them.”
Once more, Mohammad nodded.
“Though they’ve divested themselves of the asset, they as soon as had a major funding in Neutronics, a biotech firm. Lily Bao managed that account for the Tandava Group’s founder, Dr. Sandeep Chowdhury. At the moment, Neutronics was doing cutting-edge work in nanorobotics, quantum computing, and bioengineering, together with early-phase analysis of distant gene modifying beneath the steerage of Dr. Ray Kurzweil. You’ve heard of him, in fact.”
Each nephew and uncle nodded.
“He vanished some years in the past after leaving Neutronics,” added Zhao Jin. “It appears the corporate needed to show a revenue off his analysis, whereas he needed to go additional with it.”
“What does this need to do with my nephew and Lily Bao?” grumbled the elder James Mohammad.
“Truthers in America are agitating for a fee to research President Castro’s dying,” mentioned Zhao Jin. “Perception is spreading that there was foul play—an assassination. The sequence of code that allegedly killed Castro, the one launched on Widespread Sense, what if that sequence of code wasn’t stolen from Dr. Yamamoto’s lab? What if it got here from Neutronics?”
“Are you able to show that?” requested Mohammad.
“Do I have to? If Shriver climbs just a little increased, to the vice presidency and even increased nonetheless, his ties to Lily Bao and Neutronics are leverage we’ll have over him, a approach to train management. That may give us a useful edge over the Individuals.”
“So that you need to blackmail Shriver?” requested Mohammad.
Zhao Jin scoffed. “That’s such an unsightly time period, and it gained’t be obligatory.” He requested if he may share a parable from his nation. “As soon as there was a boy who was making an attempt to determine earn the cash for a particular toy that he needed however couldn’t afford. On listening to his predicament, a pal of his at college defined that almost all adults had no less than one deep, darkish secret and that this made it very straightforward to get what you needed from them by merely stating, ‘I do know the entire fact,’ even should you don’t know something. The boy thought this sounded prefer it may be a approach to get the cash he wanted out of his dad and mom. That day, when he got here house from faculty, he determined to check out his scheme. He discovered his mom as she was getting ready dinner within the kitchen and gave her a grave look, saying, ‘I do know the entire fact!’ His mom rapidly reached into her apron and handed him a 1,000-yuan notice, saying, ‘Don’t inform your father.’ Happy that his scheme appeared to work, he waited for his father to get house that night. Greeting him on the door, the boy mentioned, ‘I do know the entire fact!’ His father, glancing back and forth, took out his pockets and pressed 2,000 yuan into the boy’s hand, saying, ‘Not a phrase to your mom!’ Much more happy and nearer to affording his new toy, the boy thought he would do this trick on a stranger. The following morning, on his approach to faculty, he noticed the mailman strolling up his entrance path. He appeared the mailman squarely within the eye and mentioned, ‘I do know the entire fact!’ The mailman rapidly dropped his mailbag, fell to his knees, opened his arms, and exclaimed, ‘Son! Lastly! Come give your daddy a hug!’”