* MagnificentBastard: The culture, and especially the main agent. [[spoiler: That drone? Yeah...the same drone that blackmailed "Morat", is also his helper in this...Special Circumstances planned the WHOLE thing.]]
** Maybe even more than that. Contact have apparently known about the Empire for 73 years. [[spoiler: Gurgeh is 60. He may have been specially genetically engineered and/or nurtured for the purpose of playing Azad. He mentions the possibility himself towards the end. SC deny it naturally.]]