The National Security Agency has held several off-the-record "seminars" for journalists since 2002, according to the New York Sun, "to discourage reporting that could interfere with the agency's mission to spy on America's enemies."
Reporter Josh Gerstein scored the pseudo-ominous talking points the NSA put together for the rope-a-doped reporters, including:
"Reporters go to great lengths to protect their sources, as do we...We need your help."
And, for the cloak and dagger element:
"Stress that this is the first-ever such course in NSA's history."
No reporters seem to have come forward yet to admit to attending these little intelligence soirees. Perhaps they have been disappeared.