A sleeper agent of the USSR set to destroy America from the White House.
There is a belief that the USSR had planted these during the Cold War.
Besides The Manchurian Candidate, there was a movie with Angelina Jolie, "Salt" that played on this theme.
A Charles Bronson movie, "Telefon" had a similar theme.
It occurred to me this morning, listening to the Bennett show, where the secrecy agreement the platoon mates of Bergdahl were forced to sign was being discussed, that The Manchurian Candidate wasn't so far off.
In the movie, Frank Sinatra has dreams that he can't grasp the significance of,
because he's been brainwashed to believe something he knows is false.
He and his fellow captives of the N Koreans are convinced that Lawrence Harvey is a hero.
This is a result of their brainwashing by their NOKO and Chinese captors.
This is hard for them to reconcile with the fact that Harvey (The Manchurian Candidate) is cold and aloof.
Harvey obviously has his own mental issues, these stemming from the brainwashing his parents put him through.
- Parents brainwashing child into sympathy with foreign enemies
- Fellow soldiers being influenced to "endorse" (by silence) a traitor.
- The results of this charade ending up in the White House (Lawrence Harvey to be president, Bob Bergdahl slapping the back of his new BFF, Barack Hussein Obama).
Let me know in comments if I've missed something, please.