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Shinra Building, Department of Administrative Research
"Sir, our detainee seems to have disappeared into the Science department."
"Not again. Tell me we have something from Wutai."
"Too early to tell from the very latest, but Weapons Development has got wind of it and they're going nuts trying to work out where the leak is. They're convinced the Wutai must have stolen Shinra technology at some point to be able to produce a barrier like that. But we've only got very early reports."
"And the video from SOLDIER?"
"We have a positive identity on two parties. First is the SOLDIER operative who supposedly sent it, not much surprise there. The person of main interest is... well. We have him on file. Doctor James Hunter, former Shinra employee. Former because, according to our records, he's dead. Something about experimenting on unstable materia and a massive lab explosion."
"So there's been a loose end wandering around for years. Remind me to have a word with whoever handled the cleanup for that incident."
"Between this and a probable defector from Science... Or was he Weapons Development? Check the files and get back to me. Things are starting to fall together."
"The President will be furi..."
"The President is delighted. Unofficially, of course. PR can sell this as Wutai gearing up for war, developing weapons, stealing Shinra secrets, treachery, betrayal, immanent danger, the whole package. It's just the excuse they needed."