It is in his interest to save your life, Steven. If he lets too many die they'll stop paying him.
It would have been more correct for you to say that - because of the cost to you - you would rather he didn't.
And were that message to be truly understood by government, then there really would be a kerfuffle.
All that said, it is amusing to read spies complain that non-spies are better at spying :-)