Guppy wrote:Does Parson mean actually know (the truth), or that Charlie will "know" (assume) the method, because of how Charlie himself would do the business?
I think you're right that Parson is button-pushing, but I'd like to add that while Charlie could figure it out, he might not actually have done so due to his own ingrained instincts. Instead, what Parson said is intended to push Charlie's Paranoia Button, hoping that Charlie first reaction will be automatically believe he is being spied upon, because that is what he fears the most.
Edit: Think about this further, I believe this is part of a Parson Gambit to respond to Wanda's disclosure that Charlie has (or will soon have) access to re-turned (heh) decrypted units. In particular, Parson needs to make Charlie suspicious of the loyalty of his own Archons, and what they might have known pre-decryption.
That's a great point about the Archon, which I hadn't considered. Obviously Archons have some valuable intel, and obviously Charlie's been pretty intense about restricting what even they know about him. My recollection is that per the updates, Parson never really got that much from the captured Archons; just city and troop counts and deployment intel.
I'm suggesting that Parson's source of information from Charlie was Jack and may have been the Archons and none of that matters very much. The leak here is Jack, fine, but the important player is Parson, who is actively distributing the secrets as widely as possible, as fast as possible. It's that behavior, far more than the nature of the information, that is likely to incense Charlie in my opinion.
After all, assuming Charlie has the least possible info right now, his leak could be Jack, Jillian, a turned or rogue Archon, a carny, a double-agent thinkamancer, or almost any rogue caster who is long-lived enough. It's probably not one of his golems... but it doesn't matter much! The situation was stable for thousands or tens of thousands of turns, and now Parson is making it highly unstable.