Realpolik and Russia - the return of Smiley's People

Horror for what it portends in a Trump win aside, the Full Newsweek article is fascinating, complete with Russia playing Turkey and the U.S. against each other to close a critical airbase, and archetypal British spies and government calling "Trump’s comments “quite disturbing” (translation to American: “reckless and utterly idiotic”).

As an old le Carre/realpolitik fan - absolutely gripping read, e.g.

Next time, follow Moscow Center rules when posting. Leave a yellow chalk mark on the third park bench from the entrance and leave your post at the dead drop. No radio!

And here I’ve been thinking all this time that we had all best learn to speak Mandarin…