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UN GATE / SDNY COURT, Dec 30 – Kurt Wheelock, having been stopped again at the UN Visitors Entrance with his backpack, was waiting on the benches in front with a camera when Daniel Lang came out.

     In the two hours the lobbyist was inside, first on the 38th floor then trying to score an intern in the Delegates Lounge re-made to look like an airport, Wheelock has Googled on his phone and found not only Lang's Foreign Agent Registration Act filing but also his photo, on his lobbyin firm's website.

      In it Lang looked younger and with more hair, but he was still recognizable. Wheelock pushed "Begin Broadcast" on the Periscope app on his phone and approached the lobbyist.

     "So what did she say," he shouted. Lang looked surprised, then worried, then began to rush away.

    "Amina Mohammed," Wheelock continued, pursuing him toward the white NYPD cement blocks still left on Press Island after the General Assembly week a month ago. "Amina Jay Mohammed - what did she say about China's project in Ambazonia?"

    Lang stopped. "It's part of Cameroon," he corrected Wheelock. "There's no such thing as Ambazonia."

    "So you say," Wheelock said, softer. He wanted to lure the lobbyist into his broadcast. "So did Amina agree with that, that the opponents of the project are all secessionists?"

       Lang smiled. This is the connection he was getting paid to make. He had no problem saying it on a v-log or whatever this was. It might go viral, as his assistant was always whispering about. Whatever that meant. "Yes, the UN does not recognize Ambazonia," he said, looking indirectly into the camera and external microphone of Wheelock's phone.

   "But did you offer Amina and Guterres anything?" Wheelock asked, putting the phone right in Lang's face. "On behalf of La Republique?"

    Lang paused. He had offered them the support of Biya's longtime ambassador Tommo Monthe, who just happened to be chairing the UN Budget Committee for the next year. But there was no reason to brag.

    "Offers aren't necessary," he said. "It's south - south cooperation, China to Cameroon. You're what, American?"

      Wheelock was, despite the convoluted Nicaraguan or now Honduran ancestry he sometimes claimed. "Just because Trump is corrupt doesn't mean that China isn't," he finally said.

    "At a certain point you have to pick a side," Lang said. Then he hailed a yellow cab, which stopped quickly. He got in the back and told the driver, "Take me to Queens." He'd heard there was a new Turkish restaurant there, opened in the expectation of the plan that had fallen through. Ambazonia, indeed.

He looked back at the UN as they crossed the Queensboro Bridge. He thought he saw Wheelock pedaling desparately after them on a CitiBike, falling further and further behind...

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