"Nobody can do corporate rot more discreetly than the spies. Nobody does better mission creep. Nobody knows better how to create an image of mysterious omniscience and hide behind it. Nobody does a better job of pretending to be a cut above a public that has no choice but to pay top price for second-rate intelligence whose lure lies in the Gothic secrecy of its procurement, rather than its intrinsic worth."
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life - John le Carré (2016)