List of Alex Rider Characters - Protagonists - American Secretary of State

American Secretary of State

The American Secretary of State is an unnamed minor character in the final novel, Scorpia Rising. She is described by Joe Byrne as a "hardliner," and is central to Scorpia agent Abdul Aziz al-Razim's plan to have the Elgin Marbles returned to Greece. A potential rival to the US President, the Secretary of State is in Egypt to make a speech denouncing Britain as a world power - a speech guaranteed to give her international attention. Razim plans on having her assassinated in the middle of her speech by Julius Grief, a look-alike to Alex Rider, who is known to the CIA as a British spy, and then let the real Alex's body be discovered, before threatening to expose MI6's use of a teenage spy unless the Elgin Marbles are returned to Athens. However, the plan fails when Alex manages to reach Julius and distract him, causing him to fire a shot, alerting her bodyguards to the presence of an assassin, and allowing them to hurry her to safety.

The Secretary of State may be based on Hillary Clinton, the incumbent Secretary of State at the time the book was released, although Clinton was largely supportive of the Special Relationship with the United Kingdom

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