Keeping his cover wasn’t quite as drama-filled as it was for the Jennings, the officer) – much of the current season deals with the fallout after the married spies decide to reveal their true identities to their daughter – but he still made some missteps.
When he learned he was headed to Afghanistan, he told his parents he was moving to Hawaii — a place so far away from their Midwestern home, he assumed, that they’d never try to come visit Those closest to me always were suspicious.
He also told me about the time that Sinn Fein politician Martin Mc Guinness had wandered into MI5 HQ, (Thames House on London’s Millbank), asking for directions to Tate Britain — with no clue of the function of the offices he was standing in.
Then one afternoon, several months into our relationship, I was running late for a date.
Still, more general research on lying can shed some light on how some people effectively pull off fictional identities for so long.
In 2014, a team of Dutch researchers compiled a list of 18 traits that make someone an effective liar.
He was often late for our dates, or cancelled altogether.
He was constantly apologising for having to take calls, or for failing to show up with no good explanation.