The CIA has arrested and interrogated a German terror suspect who was trying to enter the country with a Syrian passport. The suspect is low on the totem pole, but he does have information that Daesh will attempt a large terror attack during the Brazil Olympics later this year. However, he does not know what city will be attacked because the mastermind has not shared this information with him. He does have the IP address of the mastermind.

Armed with this information, the CIA sends a National Security Letter to Google, requesting the recent searches made from this IP address. Amongst other things that implicate the other suspects, the mastermind has made a number of searches that ended up on the Wikipedia pages of the following movies and books:

Doc Savage
The Southerner
Every Which Way But Loose
The Kentuckian
The Baltimore Bullet
La Scoumoune
Un hombre llamado Noon
Lech Wałęsa

Based on this information, the CIA figures out where the attacks will take place. They send a special agent to work together with local authorities and the cell is cleaned up.

What city was the attack planned to take place in?

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    $\begingroup$ More and more, it appears that the FBI is just outsourcing it's investigations to this site. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 16:42
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    $\begingroup$ @chris yeah, but this way the NSA can recruit as well. win/win $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 16:56
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    $\begingroup$ You're now on a list for this post. And I am now on a list for this comment. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 16:57
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    $\begingroup$ @SendersReagent everyone over on infosec is already on the list. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 16:59
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    $\begingroup$ A German with a Syrian passport coming to the US with information on bombing about Brazil...why is the FBI involved? Shouldn't it be CIA? :P $\endgroup$
    – stackErr
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 17:53

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Given the story, it stands to reason that

The mastermind was visiting the German Wikipedia.

Given that information, here are the Wikipedia pages he probably visited:

Der Mann aus Virginia
Der Mann aus Bronze
Der Mann aus dem Süden
Der Mann aus San Fernando
Der Mann aus Kentucky
Der Mann aus Baltimore
Der Mann aus Marseille
Der Mann aus El Paso
Der Mann aus Hoffnung

He hit these pages when searching for this target city,


  • $\begingroup$ You are really close. You've done most of the research, now just put them together. $\endgroup$
    – Nzall
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 20:05
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    $\begingroup$ You mean the terrorists are going to attack the city of Virginiabronzesudensanfernandokentuckybaltimoremarseilleelpasohoffnung? $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ ... Just look up major cities in Brazil and you'll slap yourself for not making the connection. $\endgroup$
    – Nzall
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ Being Brazilian myself, I didn't have to. But I'm slapping myself regardless ;) $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 20:55
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    $\begingroup$ I did, especially the fact that the names of the movies look so different when written in English! $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 21:03

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