Hope was the breath that kept these people alive one more day in the shadows and valleys of every city in every country on the face of the earth, even ours. Like Hollywood, we're suckers for a happy ending but real life is not so tidy.
The chain of command stretched all the way to Washington D.C. where they went ballistic over an American flight crew being drugged and coerced into an illegal conspiracy in Russia.
Whatever he had seen during his consecutive trips to Russia had been allowed to surface and he wore it as a shield in the Russian Underground. Like the Shadow Man, Gabe was just another ghost in the machine.