Shadow sat at his "Throne" in the command center, Neo-G typing away as she managed the torrent of information coming in to be processed, and Talon stood before him waiting for orders. Shadow shifted his gaze to his loyal soldier, "We have a problem, Apollo is getting nosy and we are not yet ready to take on the alliance." Talon stiffened, "What do we do sir?" Talon came to full attention, his military training kicking in making him alert and ready to strike. Shadow thoughtfully continued, "We need a distraction, but something far more subtle then Mexico. Arrange a sacrificial lamb so to speak, and make sure it's satisfying to Apollo as well. We will portray Shadow as a organization and lead them away from the truth." Talon smiled, "I think I can handle that sir." Shadow returned the smile, "I know you can. Once a deal is struck tell Neo-G and she'll setup the ruse and give you a new iron-clad identity to play our game." Talon saluted, "Right away sir!" and he walked out with a little spring in his step. It's been months since he pulled a trigger and a soldier like Talon feels a bit useless  doing cloak and dagger work, his training is to fight hard and fast, overwhelming the enemy with sheer force. Things must be played quietly however, direct action is the undoing of many a villain and I will never play a direct hand until it is necessary or the time is ripe. Now to inform Tania of the plan.

Tania sat browsing on her Secret Service issued secure laptop, reviewing messages from senators, aids, and the public. She sat up when a message titled "How you doing little sister" Shadow's code for her, she opened the message. To the adverage person or FBI investigator, it was her older brother accounting the surprise party for her grandfather, but in reality was a coded instructions of her role in Shadow's plan to deal with the Alliance's snooping.
The message read;
    Hey sis, how's the life of a governess treating ya? As you know yesterday         was Grandpa's 80th birthday! Aunt Gwen and uncle Charlie lost there bet     they made last year, and I think Grandpa kept kicking just to spite them lol.     The kid's had a Pinata and little Nick nearly got Dad in the gut, Dad let go     of the rope and jumped back just in time to drop it millimeters pass Nick's         head. I  jumped in before he toke another wild swing lol. After the                     excitement we had cake and presents, wished you could've been there.             Anyway take care, and we'll all proud of the good your doing for the state.

    Love,
    Your big bro!

The decoding was simple:

How's life of a governess treating ya?
(File Progress report urgently.)

...yesterday was Grandpa's 80th birthday!
(Action will take place 8 days from yesterday.) 

Aunt Gwen and uncle Charlie lost there bet ..., and I think Grandpa kept kicking just to spite them...
(Neo-G and Talon preparing, and action will be direct)

The kid's had a Pinata and little Nick nearly got Dad in the gut, Dad let go of he rope and jumped back just in time to drop it millimeters pass Nick's head. I  jumped in before he toke another wild swing...
(Apollo is too close. Action will mislead the Alliance and keep them on a wild-goose chase.)

After the excitement we had cake and presents...
(Pause efforts until Action is over and the Alliance is off the trail.)

Anyway take care, and we'll all proud of the good your doing for the state.
(Maintain communication silence, and good work.)

Tania lend back in her chair as Darcy popped her head into her office, "Senator Wilkes is on the line and wants your input on the proposal he dropped off yesterday." Tania took a deep breath, Wilkes economic plans do have some merit, and since the ball is in Shadow's court might as well get on to my duties, "Very well, what line is the senator on?" Darcy nodded, "Line 4."