オーウェン殺害の謎

pac4.pngP.A. シャポー(P.A. Chapeau)
2017/09/23 15:31:41
ケン・オーウェン殺人事件について知られていなかった事実をハンクが明かしていった。ハンクが何を掴んでいるのか、そして明日、ワシントンD.C.のエージェントに何ができるのかを見ていこうか。

ハンク・ジョンソン:
目を覚ましてからというもの、シャポーのスコアボードを更新してはサーティンマグナス・リアウェイクン最終戦の進捗を追っているのだが、次の謎が頭から離れずにいる。

法が整備されているが安全には程遠いここワシントンD.C.で、ひとりの男が遺体で発見された。9月9日の早朝、ケン・オーウェンの遺体はケネディセンターの彫像そばで通行人によって発見されたのだ。これはちょうど数年前にローランド・ジャービスとオリバー・リントン=ウルフがカサンドラの対決を行った場所とほぼ一致する。

奴を殺害した者によるメッセージと結論付けるのは容易い。だが、何を伝えようとしているのだろうか。それは誰に向けたものなのだろうか。情報工作の第一人者として知られるケン・オーウェンは、様々な諜報機関や企業、大学に雇用される身ではあったが、国家情報局以上の関わりがあった機関はない。遺体には5発の銃創があったと伝え聞くが、検視官による公文書に記載はなかった。

エージェント諸君、君たちの力を借りたい。ケン・オーウェンに向け引き金を引いたのは何者だったのだろうか。ワシントンD.C.でお逢いし、直接伝えてほしい。目下のところ私はこの実行犯を追っているのだ。そうすることで、実際の犯人へとたどり着くに違いない。

私の知っていることを幾つか挙げておこう。

被害者

ケン・オーウェン:政府中枢の情報工作、広報を担っていた。オーウェンは非凡な「スピンマスター」だった。企業や個人、国家あるいは政府機関が突発的な情報工作の必要性に直面した場合に雇い入れるのがケン・オーウェンという男だった。奴の専門は、そういった問題を誤魔化すことにあり、クライアントにとって都合の良い事実は表に出し、都合の悪い事実は隠蔽し、対立する者の信頼を失墜させてきた。ケン・オーウェンとは、情報の流れを恣意的にコントロールする裏社会のライブラリーといったところだ。クライアントを危機から逃れさせるため、奴は誰かにその肩代わりをさせてきた。多くの人々を守るとともに多くの人々に害を為したわけだ。奴には数多くの敵がいたわけだが、「遺体の埋葬場所」を知っていたが故に殺害された可能性もある。

現時点での容疑者

アヴリル・ロラゾン:IQテック・リサーチ社共同経営者代行を務めている。国家情報局とIQテック・リサーチ社には長きにわたる込み入った関係があるわけだが、ナイアンティック・カラミティ以後はIQテック・リサーチ社ではカルビンを中心に繰り広げられていた。ごく最近では、IQテック・リサーチ社と国家情報局ではNL1331の主導権を巡る争いが生じているが、司アキラとロラゾンで権力闘争が起きていることは言うまでもない。こういった抗争の一端であった可能性はあるだろうか。

アントワーヌ・スミス:ヒューロン・トランスグローバル社の恐るべき諜報員だ。厳密に言えばストラテジック・エクスプロレーションズに所属していることとなってはいるが、それが偽装であることは誰もが知るところだな。このカリブ海生まれの諜報員と初めて出逢ったのはアフリカで奴が金属抗争に関わっていたときのことだ。その詳細はトマス・グレーニアスの著書「アライメント・イングレス」に記載されているよ。私はチョウと呼んでいるのだが、奴の相棒はエックスエムの中毒症状で死亡が確認された初めての人物だ。ケン・オーウェンの遺体が発見される前の晩には、ワシントンD.C.でスミスが目撃されている。ワシントンD.C.は奴の管轄外にも関わらず、どうしてそこに奴はいたのだろうか。

クラウディア・グラス:ヴィスル・テクノロジー社の秘密工作員であり、殺害時刻にはワシントンD.C.にいたと考えられている。ヴィスル・テクノロジー社は静観を保っているが、その暗殺者がワシントンD.C.で何をしていたというのだろうか。何かが進められているのであり、私はそれが何かを知りたい。スミスと同様に彼女にも殺害の機会はあったわけだが、その方法も動機もはっきりとはしていない。

ヒューバート・ファーロウ:ナイアンティック計画ではフリーランスの保安担当者として十字していた。現時点の所在は明らかとなってはいない。奴をこの名簿に挙げたのは、匿名で「それはファーロウだ」との情報があったからに過ぎない。確かにナイアンティック時代のケン・オーウェンを知る人物ではあるが、随分と以前のことだ。なぜファーロウが殺害するというのだろうか。そしてなぜ今になってなのだろうか。ファーロウとデヴラにはi以前からの関係がある。二人には深い縁があり、奴は何かしらの理由からデヴラの守護者を自認しているから、私はデヴラへの連絡を試みたが彼女の応答はなかった。

855:殺人と暗殺を専門とする者だからこの名簿に挙げさせてもらった。ケン・オーウェンの遺体発見があの場所であったことは偶然ではない。加えて、ご存知とは思うが855はかつてエイダに侵された経緯もある。今回の件はどこかでエイダとのつながりがあるのだろうか。あるいは何者かがケン・オーウェンの殺害を依頼したのだろうか。

ジェイ・フィリップス:国家情報局長代行を務める男だ。非常に多くの機会がある男だから最後の切り札だね。奴はオーウェンとともに仕事していた。国家情報局としてオーウェンを雇い入れていたのだ。どのような理由があったのだろうか。なぜ今になってなのだろうか。それはフィリップスがナイアンティック計画ののちに「粛清」を行っていたことに留意せねばなるまい。更なる粛清を行ったというのだろうか。

P.A. シャポー

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Hank Johnson
2017/09/23 15:31:41
I'm sitting awake, watching the final #13MAGNUSREAWAKENS Anomalies kick off -- manically refreshing PAC's scoreboard at http://bit.ly/13mrscore -- but can't get this mystery out of my mind:

Here in Washington, where laws are made to protect yet no one is safe, a man was found dead. In the early morning of September 9th, Ken Owen's body was found by a passerby by a sculpture at the Kennedy Center, almost exactly where Roland Jarvis and Oliver Lynton-Wolfe had their fateful Cassandra showdown just a few years ago.

It is easy to conclude that whoever killed him was sending a message. But what did they want to say? And to whom? Ken Owens, known as the foremost master of PR spin, was hired by various agencies, companies, and universities, but most notably for none other than the NIA. The body is said to have 5 bullet holes, official documentation from the coroner has not been forthcoming.

Agents, I need your help. If you have any insight into who pulled the trigger on Ken Owen, find me in Washington D.C. and share it in person. Right now, I am only looking for the triggerman (or woman). That will lead us to the actual killer.

Here's some of what I know:

THE VICTIM:

Ken Owen: Beltway P.R. Flack. Owen was a 'spinmaster' extraordinaire. If a corporation, person, nation or government agency had a sudden P.R. problem, they hired Ken Owen. His specialty was to fog the issue, get out the facts if they were good for the client, hide the facts if they were bad for the client, attack the credibility of his opponents. Ken Owen was a library of dirty information which he would use strategically to control news cycles. If he wanted to get his client out of the spin cycle, he'd drop some dirt on somebody else. He protected a lot of people and he damaged a lot of people. He made a lot of enemies. He knew where the 'bodies were buried', and that might have gotten him killed.

CURRENT PERSONS OF INTEREST

Avril Lorazon: Acting co-head of IQTech. The NIA and IQTech have a long and complex relationship. Calvin revolving doored to IQTech after the Niantic Calamity. Most recently, IQTech and the NIA have been struggling over ownership of NL 1331 -- not to mention the power struggle between Akira Tsukasa and Lorazon. Is it possible that one of these battles went kinetic?

Antione Smith: Deadly Operative for Hulong Transglobal (technically Strategic Explorations -- but we all know that's a corporate shell game). I first encountered this Caribbean born operative in Africa when he was involved in the exploitation of conflict metals (this is chronicled in Thomas Greanias' THE ALIGNMENT: INGRESS.) His partner, I believe his name was Chow was, the first person I'd known to die of XM poisoning. Smith was spotted in Washington D.C. on the night before Ken Owen was killed. D.C. is off his beat. Why was he here?

Claudia Glas: Visur covert operative. Also believed to have been in Washington D.C. at the time of the killing. Visur has been quiet. What was one of their killers doing in D.C.? Something is going on and I want to know what. Like Smith, she had opportunity, but means and motive are unknown.

Hubert Farlowe: Worked freelance security during Niantic Project. Current whereabouts unknown. He only makes this list because of an anonymous tip I received that stated, 'It was Farlowe.' He certainly knew Ken Owens from Niantic days, but that was a long time ago. Why Farlowe? Why now? Farlowe and Devra are known to have had a history. They have a bond... the guy considers himself her guardian angel for some reason. I tried to contact her, but she has not responded.

855: He is on the list because he is a master of the professional kill and staged assassination. It is no accident that Ken Owen's body was found where it was. This smells like 855. And, if you remember, 855 was mind-hacked by ADA at one point. Is she tied into this somewhere? Or did somebody take out a contract on Ken Owen?

Jay Phillips: Acting head of the NIA. I save him for last because he had extreme opportunity. He worked with Owen. He hired Owen at the NIA. What could the motive have been? Why now? It should be borne in mind that Phillips ran the 'clean up' operation after the Niantic Project. Did he have more clean-up to do?

THE OWEN MURDER MYSTERY
September 22, 2017 · by PAC · in 13MAGNUS: Reawakens

Hank begins to unfurl the mystery of Ken Owen's murder... let's see what he uncovers, and how the Agents in Washington DC tomorrow may be able to help...

I'm sitting awake, watching the final #13MAGNUSREAWAKENS Anomalies kick off -- manically refreshing PAC's scoreboard at http://bit.ly/13mrscore -- but can't get this mystery out of my mind:

Here in Washington, where laws are made to protect yet no one is safe, a man was found dead. In the early morning of September 9th, Ken Owen's body was found by a passerby by a sculpture at the Kennedy Center, almost exactly where Roland Jarvis and Oliver Lynton-Wolfe had their fateful Cassandra showdown just a few years ago.

It is easy to conclude that whoever killed him was sending a message. But what did they want to say? And to whom? Ken Owens, known as the foremost master of PR spin, was hired by various agencies, companies, and universities, but most notably for none other than the NIA. The body is said to have 5 bullet holes, official documentation from the coroner has not been forthcoming.

*Agents, I need your help. If you have any insight into who pulled the trigger on Ken Owen, find me in Washington D.C. and share it in person.* Right now, I am only looking for the triggerman (or woman). That will lead us to the actual killer.

Here's some of what I know:c7a5a7bccbabbab1b1b6bab3adcabecdae

THE VICTIM:

Ken Owen: Beltway P.R. Flack. Owen was a 'spinmaster' extraordinaire. If a corporation, person, nation or government agency had a sudden P.R. problem, they hired Ken Owen. His specialty was to fog the issue, get out the facts if they were good for the client, hide the facts if they were bad for the client, attack the credibility of his opponents. Ken Owen was a library of dirty information which he would use strategically to control news cycles. If he wanted to get his client out of the spin cycle, he'd drop some dirt on somebody else. He protected a lot of people and he damaged a lot of people. He made a lot of enemies. He knew where the 'bodies were buried', and that might have gotten him killed.

CURRENT PERSONS OF INTEREST:

Avril Lorazon: Acting co-head of IQTech. The NIA and IQTech have a long and complex relationship. Calvin revolving doored to IQTech after the Niantic Calamity. Most recently, IQTech and the NIA have been struggling over ownership of NL 1331 -- not to mention the power struggle between Akira Tsukasa and Lorazon. Is it possible that one of these battles went kinetic?

Antione Smith: Deadly Operative for Hulong Transglobal (technically Strategic Explorations -- but we all know that's a corporate shell game). I first encountered this Caribbean born operative in Africa when he was involved in the exploitation of conflict metals (this is chronicled in Thomas Greanias' THE ALIGNMENT: INGRESS.) His partner, I believe his name was Chow was, the first person I'd known to die of XM poisoning. Smith was spotted in Washington D.C. on the night before Ken Owen was killed. D.C. is off his beat. Why was he here?
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Claudia Glas: Visur covert operative. Also believed to have been in Washington D.C. at the time of the killing. Visur has been quiet. What was one of their killers doing in D.C.? Something is going on and I want to know what. Like Smith, she had opportunity, but means and motive are unknown.

Hubert Farlowe: Worked freelance security during Niantic Project. Current whereabouts unknown. He only makes this list because of an anonymous tip I received that stated, 'It was Farlowe.' He certainly knew Ken Owens from Niantic days, but that was a long time ago. Why Farlowe? Why now? Farlowe and Devra are known to have had a history. They have a bond... the guy considers himself her guardian angel for some reason. I tried to contact her, but she has not responded.

855: He is on the list because he is a master of the professional kill and staged assassination. It is no accident that Ken Owen's body was found where it was. This smells like 855. And, if you remember, 855 was mind-hacked by ADA at one point. Is she tied into this somewhere? Or did somebody take out a contract on Ken Owen?

Jay Phillips: Acting head of the NIA. I save him for last because he had extreme opportunity. He worked with Owen. He hired Owen at the NIA. What could the motive have been? Why now? It should be borne in mind that Phillips ran the 'clean up' operation after the Niantic Project. Did he have more clean-up to do?

Hank Johnson via Google+

-PAC

H. Richard Loeb
2017/09/23 15:39:17
Hank begins to unfurl the mystery of Ken Owen's murder... let's see what he uncovers, and how the Agents in Washington DC tomorrow may be able to help...