I think they'd get an A for effort instead of an F for not even bothering, their current grade. But apart from that, I don't think it would go so well, and I'll explain why.
JFK said in October of 1963 that "The very word secrecy is repugnant." and "The CIA should be shattered into a thousand pieces, and scattered to the four winds.", and look where that got him.
n.b. what usually brings sociopaths down is overreach.
It has long been suspected that the people who are groomed for power are People With Secrets, specifically because such people are more amenable to blackmail.
This applies to plenty of institutions in addition to the US government., and it doesn't even necessarily require a Deep State, although the existence of such is beyond serious doubt.