A spy stationed in a foreign country stopped responding to his handler.
A spy stationed in a foreign country stopped responding to his handler. After a while, the handler received a letter in the mail. It told her the spy has been compromised, but, before his capture, he’d snuck out some very important government secrets. He’d used the world’s smallest memory card to contain them, and passed them to an ally. The ally could not come to the handler directly, as he’d be killed, but he worked at an orchard. Because the memory card was so tiny, he was able to hide it in a berry still growing on one of the cherry trees, hanging on the lowest branch of the third tree in the orchard.
Skeptical, but not knowing what else to do, the handler found the orchard and snuck in in the middle of the night. She pulled down all the berries on the lowest branch of the third three and took them back to headquarters. When she sliced each berry open, she found one of them really did contain the memory card.
She read the information on the memory card and learned the foreign country planned to attack America in ten days. Frantic, she raced to the secretary of defense and presented to him the information that the spy had died to deliver to her, begging him to rally America’s defenses against the foreign threat as quickly as possible.
The defense secretary refused to do anything.
“Why?” She demanded.
“We don’t work with cherry picked data,” he replied.