Why was Harry watching over the embassy in Dakar?
After his a bit murky time in Ireland, I would have thought Harry Pearce would have deserved a promotion.
Watching over and being responsible for the security at a foreign embassy, where no real action or security risk is expected, seems not to qualify for that. For me it seemed a step down on the ladder for Harry Pearce.
So why was Harry Pearce really watching over the embassy in Dakar, when John Bateman was there to bomb it? Why did Harry Pearce not foresee that bombing or at least have any idea who was behind it? Not even after 15 years does he have the slightest hint concerning the background of the bombing. The whole bombing seems to be a completely blank spot, an action out of the nowhere.
Why did Harry Pearce mention the event in casual conversation with Lucas North, when they were driving to a meeting with Vaughan? Did Harry know the real background and that Vaughan was involved in it? Or had Vaughan mentioned before what information he wanted to offer Harry? But why did they meet then, when Vaughan did not really reveal anything else at the meeting?
What did the initiators of the bombing in Dakar want to reach with such an unnecessary killing? Normally a goal, at least insecurity in a certain area would be the reason to do something as outrageous as that. But nothing, no stealing of documents, no special target, just whoever went by at that moment John Bateman pressed the button.
From what John Bateman tells us not even Vaughan knew who was behind it. However, Vaughan at least must have known where to get the reward from for the bombing. Therefore, he would have been able to further research the background.