Jensen: Boss, we need to talk.
Sarif: Is something wrong?
Jensen: I'm not sure. Did you set up a private access route to bypass the company firewall right before you hired me?
Sarif: Did I what?
Jensen: Pritchard said someone's been using it to access our system since before the first attack. The security measures he and I set in place never stopped them because we didn't even know the loophole existed.
Sarif: Ah, I see, Frank's fixed that though, right?
Jensen: He has, now. But he's wondering why you never mentioned it.
Sarif: Frank's paranoid, Adam. You know that. Can't a busy man forget things once in awhile?
Jensen: You streamed an awful lot of data through that portal boss, right before you brought me on board. Pritchard may be paranoid but I got to admit, I'm wondering what was in it too.
Sarif: Yeah, as an ex-cop, I guess you would. But the important thing is, you found the hole and plugged it. We're secure now and the information you uncovered in that FEMA facility, it actually helped us track these guys. So let's just stay focused on what's important.
Jensen: I want to, believe me. I want to catch these guys as badly as you do, but that breach is responsible for every security crisis we've had, including today's. If you want me to stop these guys, I need to know what kind of data they've had access to.
Sarif: You're right, you're right. I'm sorry if I seem evasive. But you can't expect me to tell you every detail of this company's operations every single day. We're at war here. And it's your job to protect us from enemies who try to take us down. You should've found that loophole without my having to tell you about it. You know, Frank wanted me to hire experts, an outside security firm to protect us, but you convinced me you could do it. Are you saying you were wrong?
Jensen: I think I proved myself today. And the only reason I'm worried about that loophole right now, is because the data you streamed through it could have been accessed, back-traced and stolen by the men who attacked us. Our enemies might still find a way to hurt us with it.
Sarif: What? Well, I never considered that. I'm sorry, son. I guess you have proved yourself today. Look, I'm not gonna share every single detail of this data with ya'. As CEO of this company, there are things I can't release, even to you, Frank or Athena. I consider us all a team here. But we each have our own roles to fill. I decide who gets trusted with what and in this case, you're just gonna have to do your job without knowing all the facts. Megan said you could role with the punches. Prove she was right.
Jensen: Megan? Boss, what does Megan have to do with any of this? I thought we were discussing a security breach.
Sarif: No, Adam! You were discussing it. I just told you it's time to move on. Megan was a valuable asset, Adam, in more ways than one. If she pointed me in a direction, I followed up on it. Now, if the data I streamed goes public, it's likely to get embarrassing, but that's all. And it's the kind of embarrassment the shareholders pay me to deal with. So I don't need you wasting your time getting side-tracked. You understand?
Jensen: Boss, six months ago, mercenaries knew stuff about this company that I didn't and used it to get past my security measures. I don't really care what kind of secrets you and Megan were keeping back then. I just want to make sure they don't endanger us again.
Sarif: Adam, I didn't mean to imply . . . You're right. Okay? You're right. I--I really shouldn't keep this information from you. I just hope you'll understand why I did. All right, look. The truth is, I set up a confidential data channel for a private investigator, someone who can run covert background checks on people. Potential new recruits, like you.
Jensen: You what?
Sarif: I had to, Adam. You were a liability, remember? You'd just been fired from SWAT. Now, Megan believed in you but I had to be sure. Look, I don't want this to come between us. I'll send the files to your computer, you can see for yourself what he dug up. But, Adam, you'd better be sure.
Jensen: Why? What do you mean?
Sarif: I mean, sometimes the past should stay in the past. Once you see that data, you can't un-ring the bell. I'll understand if you wanna read the files immediately, but please don't forget your priorities. Faridah's waiting to take you to China. I told ya' I'll send you everything he gave me. It's just gonna take me a few minutes to collect it.