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Morris Payne is the director of the CIA.
He is an absolvent of West-Point, studied law at an elite university and represented South Dakota, where he grew up on a farm, as a conservative congress member.
Morris Payne is a member of the delegation that comes to London after the finding of cesium chloride on one of Martel's ships. He enthusiastically greets the other members of different intelligence services and during the meeting demands that the Americans take control over the operation which Gabriel refuses. Payne eventually engages in a private discussion with Gabriel and they agree that the Americans will be responsible for the sky and the electronic clearing whilst the Israelis will continue their operation and kill Saladin once the opportunity presented itself.