"You can't blame me for the problems you encountered, Colonel. I was betrayed."

"But you didn't end up with bullets in your people. I did. Now we play by my rules. And rule number one is only my team is involved."

"You're still on the 'shoot on sight' list with the government. That could be a problem."

"Rule number two. You provide the pardons as promised, or every operation we participated in gets leaked to a certain reporter."

"That won't change your status."

Hannibal grinned. "No, but it will make me feel better. Rule number three: all information you have on my lieutenant is turned over to me and only then do we deal with your little problem."

"I don't need your help."

"Yes, you do, General. Otherwise you wouldn't have held it over my head." Hannibal tossed the phone to Stockwell. "My patience is long gone. So get busy."