In chapters Six through Nine of American Spy, Marie tells more about her background. She recalls the offer she received to carry out an assignment that will boost her profile in the FBI. Marie turns down Ross’s assignment to go undercover while she finds out more information about president Sankara of Burkina Faso, who American Intelligence intend to bring down.
“I couldn’t let Ross use me. When Mr. Ali had let the bureau use him, it trapped him professionally. It’s only a fool who doesn’t learn from the experience of others” (88).
Marie’s refusal on this assignment is quite interesting and at the same time surprising. This is because as much as Marie always wanted to get a higher profile at her job, she is still conscious of being ‘professionally trapped.’
In that situation or any other from the reading, what were you most interested in concerning the professional challenges that Marie faced?