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Nor did the CIA help the accused to defend themselves. Mr. Lady had started purchasing a vineyard for a retirement retreat. To him, the crowning insult is that Abu Omar - freed by the Egyptians - is suing him, with the goal of winning the vineyard.

Mr. Hendricks does not care for renditions. But as with any other tool, they must be used by people who do not cut off their fingers. This is a how-not-to book on tradecraft that should be read and heeded.

Joseph C. Goulden has completed an update of his “Dictionary of Espionage: Spy-Speak Into English,” to be published by Dover Books in the fall.