So I'm not 100% sure how the 3 Days of the Condor film's bad guy plot was supposed to go. Uh...
- There's a conspiracy within the CIA to invade the Middle East and Venezuela for oil. (That part I get)
- Condor (Robert Redford's character) and friends accidentally find out and forward it to mission control.
- Atwood (the old guy that got shot by Joubert), the bad guy and one of the guys in the conspiracy, hired Joubert to shoot the entire office. (Why? Couldn't they just have dismissed it and brushed it under the table? Remember that no-one but Condor was taking it seriously, and most people thought of him as a kook)
- Condor is chased by Joubert and Atwood's lackeys throughout New York.
- To "clean up" the conspiracy, Joubert is re-hired to take out Atwood. He does so and Condor goes free.
I'm still not sure if I understood it correctly. If I did, then I have questions.
Why did Atwood flip out immediately? Shouldn't the CIA just have dismissed it as a ridiculous plot and went through with it anyway later?
Even if they wanted to stifle the plot by murdering everyone, why did they go so far as to take an SMG to an office and shoot everyone there? That's gonna set off a lot of red flags, isn't it? Loved ones and relatives are gonna start asking questions. I might have missed something, I dunno. Wouldn't it have been easier to do so through "unrelated" incidents? I mean, that's still kinda fishy, just not immediately so.