This definitely is a setup. If someone you do not know, gets to you in such a way, place and time, and proves that he knows so much about you, then
they clearly had reason to speak to you.
If, besides, the conversation ends in a sort of "call me and we'll arrange something" way, it is again clearly proof by facts that they wanted
something from you.
Now what is it that they wanted?... I can see a few options.
But firstly, it seems to me however that the work would not be up to security clearance, not at least to the point where national interests or
national security would be involved at this level. Were it the case, he'd simply not tell us or not in this way.
I just would like a few more details about the relationship between you and your company to think about it.
Were you in any position allowing you to decide the course of actions (even on a limited scheme) about your own work? Or to have access, manipulate,
data that are by essence secret, as part of the work? Industrial espionnage is as bad as military you know... Some "simple" plastic parts factories
are more secure that many military bases as to how and why people can enter...
In this case, there may be many people interested in you.
Your company could be willing to test you about your discretion; are you the kind to reveal things to others/competitors/... before they're out?
Other companies could just well do the same. Are you ready to accept an arrangement with them in this matter?
There may be also other companies willing to recruit you directly, and then again it is a way of testing your personality.
As mentioned, it may have been orchestrated by some government in an approach to recruit you as a spook.
Or it may also be that Malaysia (or even others) officials could have thought of you being a spy, and then again they need to test it. This is a very
good way to do it.
Your reactions show fairly easily that you are not the spy man. Well at least, I could be wrong but, it seems to me that you have clearly not shown
much interest in knowing who approached you and in what purpose. That would be failing, I believe, in a spy's operation. You would have wanted to know
more about it. You can't just sit, be the target, then run. So if it were at any time somebody testing you about your activities, you can be nearly
sure now that they've given up watching you in this regard.
Now, a bit more about this mysterious character whom he called "your friend" and that you had never seen before. This could be part of the staging, in
order to scare you indeed, but this can bring another possibility. The german sounding man according to your account, said that you could call if you
wanted, that they could help.
Help about what? In what aspect of your situation then would have you needed help so badly from persons you didn't know?
You know if some people think that you may be a spy, and if in this they watch you, they monitor you, then those people are spies themselves, and that
is just obvious. What is perhaps less obvious to many people however, is that if one... faction, let's call them a faction, is watching you, that
faction is certainly being watched also by other factions. No one does things that no one else knows. Let's say, just as an example then, that
malaysia had thought "hmm that man, he's probably a spy from US" or even "hmm he works in electronics and aviation systems" (took this from your
introduction posts, I'm a bad spook you see because I sometimes give away my sources), so if they had thougt so, someone else is there watching them
as they're watching you. That someone else may be interested in "helping you" about it.
Now when you say, you could be a spook and not know it, weeeellllllllllll... let me rephrase. You could do some works to help spooks, and not know it.
That doesn't make you a spook. And in particular in the kind of work domains you were in.
For probably obvious reasons you're not revealing the exact nature of your job, but it is very likely by what you describe that you have been
targetted. And probably, you didn't fit in, didn't match what they feared/hoped/expected to meet. Who, "they"? Well I'm not sure, but yeah you
basically ran away (without calling you anything, I'm well convinced you're not that coward), and that is not the attitude of anyone who is ready to
receive money against information, ready to steal more than what they're supposed to have there, or ready to play spook any one way or another.
What I'm the most curious about now is, have you ever mentionned this story to your employer then?
What was the reaction of your friend who was so late when you told him this story?
edit on 4-1-2013 by SpookyVince because: (no reason