Thanks to Blogger Paul for the article.
Many of you may remember the introduction of Ariana Kane, the woman who Sloane requested to investigate the blackmailing of Sloane over his failure to kill his wife, Emily. As the story progresses, Ariana finds that Jack has secrets, and although she cannot prove Jack was behind the blackmail, eventually captures him and has him strapped down to a chair, minutes away from revealing that he and Sydney are double agents.Now Jack, through his own investigation, finds that Ariana Kane was the lover of Jean Briault, which gave her the necessary motive to blackmail Sloane. Jack finds that Ariana opened an account and deposited the $100 million in bonds just long enough to convert them to cash, and believes that she is framing him to cover her tracks. Jack is able to alert Sloane in time, Sloane intervenes, and Ariana Kane is presumably killed.There was a scene right after this where Jack and Irina are talking to each other, and they both have come up with the same theory...that Ariana Kane would have been easy to frame, and Sloane had specifically requested her. Jack finished off this conversation with the words, "Interesting theory...or not."
Now, at that point, we did not have enough information to ascertain whether or not Ariana WAS behind the blackmail scheme or if she had been set up. However, with all of the information given to us by the end of season 2, I believe we have enough to draw a conclusion.It has always been my thought that Sloane knew Jean Briault and Ariana Kane were lovers, after all Sloane and Briault were close friends. It was made clear that Sloane requested Ariana Kane specifically to come to SD-6 in the mole hunt...then after Sloane followed up Jack's leads (or maybe he didn't!), Sloane revealed to Jack that he had killed Jean Briault and gave that to him as a lead!
This of course then led Jack and Irina to the hotel tapes in Peru where they found Ariana Kane! Then, at the end of the very next episode, we see that Emily is still alive and Sloane maneuvered the entire situation! The blackmailer supposedly killed Emily. Ariana would not have faked Emily's death had she been the blackmailer...she would have killed Emily as an act of revenge. Everything about the clues that were left 'torturing' Sloane would have been very difficult for Ariana to leave, and very easy for Sloane to fake! It now seems clear that Sloane maneuvered that entire situation to set up Ariana Kane as a sacrificial lamb, just as Jack maneuvered the frame of Russek to protect Sydney in season 1.Now this raises another daunting question...WHY? What was the purpose? As Irina mentioned during their investigation, there must have been many other ways to blackmail the Alliance, all far less elaborate. Nobody knew Emily was alive hiding out in the small beach bungalow, so why go through this complicated plan and have Emily chop off her ring finger? This bugged me for a while until I remembered the "blackmailer's" demands...$100 million! That's quite a chunk of change for anyone, and don't forget Sloane is only a few episodes away at this point from maneuvering the destruction of the Alliance. The Alliance refused to give the blackmailer the money, it was Sloane who convinced them to pay the money and place a tracker on it.
Now let's go to the scene where Sloane was to drop off the money in Season 2: Episode 9. Sloane received a phone call to leave the briefcase on the bench and walk away. Sloane gets up and walks away...we see the briefcase in the shot as Sloane gets up and begins walking, and then less than 10 seconds later, the shot pans down and the briefcase is already gone! We don't see anyone in the shot walk by, so the odds are that as soon as Sloane turned his back, somene grabs it from behind! Just a few more seconds later, and we see Marshall dancing around excitedly about his invisible liquid tracer and then panicking as he loses the signal. Marshall placed a tracker on the Rambaldi tissue in season 3 that the DSR and then the Covenant didn't find! Who else other than Sloane would have known about Marshall's liquid tracer and how to disable it so quickly? We never see Sloane upset about losing the money, do we? :)I believe Sloane decided that having to kill Emily was the final straw and so he hid her away and came up with this plan to extort $100 million from the Alliance and frame Ariana Kane for it. Later on, he had the Alliance destroyed. I also believe that this was preemptive strike on Sloane's part. Ariana Kane was the head of Alliance Counter-Intelligence, but she was not a partner. Therefore, she probably was unaware of Sloane's murdering Jean Briault.
However, he may have been concerned she would find out and concerned about potential revenge on Ariana Kane's part. Even for Sloane, she would have been a powerful enemy. I believe this may have been his motivation to get rid of her. This plan seems outrageously elaborate, but at the end of the day, he eliminated a potential enemy, kept his wife, and walked away from the Alliance with a nice little nest egg to continue his pursuit of Rambaldi!
Now it's your turn! What do you think?