Lost in the detail – Eddie Aquilina

The art of deceit is practised in crime as in politics. The human mind is by its very nature a process of observation, intuition and judgement. We see something and we immediately characterise it, putting it somewhere on the spectrum between good and bad.

The missing parts are provided by what experience has taught us in various similar circumstances and finally we come to a personal but logical conclusion. That’s why we are not run over crossing the road every day.

The most powerful tool of deception is the outright denial of what clearly is. A boy who has been caught on CCTV shoplifting makes an outright denial to his mother, knowing that it will force her to choose maternal instinct over truth. The next device is adding a surplus of details to the simple truth to drown it in garbage.

The most interesting example is that of the Panama Papers scandal that

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