Walter Townsend, an enemy agent working in the U.S., has been allowed to obtain false information that, if believed by his home country, will cause its leaders grave embarrassment (and discredit Townsend). But another spy from Townsend's home country also working in the U.S., George Simpson, tells his superiors that the information supplied to Townsend is false. Because Simpson and Townsend are known to be rivals, their home country sends its most brilliant agent, Stefan Miklos, to determine the truth or falsity of the information Townsend supplied. The IMF's job is to "assist" Miklos in reaching the "correct" conclusion -- while letting him believe that he has determined for himself that the information is true.
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According to the plane tickets seen in the airport scenes, the story takes place in Baltimore. See more
Barney sneaks into Townsend's apartment to change Townsend's time on the watch. He changes it from 4:35 to 4:05, meaning the real time is now 4:35, the time Townsend will think as real is 4:05. However in the very next scene we see Vincent (Miklos' lieutenant) at the airport with the clock behind him, clock displaying 4:15. If this action really takes place after Barney's presence in the apartment, it should show a time after 4:35, not before. See more
Person on Tape
[voice on tape
Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you're looking at is Walter Townsend, one of our high-ranking Intelligence officers, whom we recently discovered is a top enemy agent. Upon learning this, we allowed Townsend access to false information which will cause his country severe embarrassment if believed and acted upon. Unfortunately, this man, George Simpson, Townsend's only contact in America, discovered the information was false and reported to his superiors that ...
References Summer and Smoke