John Petersen: Adam Gopnik Is Intelligence Intelligent? Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?

Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth? The history of espionage is a lesson in paradox: the better your intelligence, the dumber your conduct; the more you know, the less you anticipate. The universal law of unintended consequences rules with a special ferocity in espionage and covert action, because pervasive secrecy rules out the small, …