In The Matrix (1999), when the agents get their hands on Neo for the first time, they make it look like he was arrested for committing felonies:
Agent Smith: As you can see, we've had our eye on you for some time now, Mr. Anderson. It seems that you've been living two lives. In one life, you're Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company, you have a social security number, you pay your taxes, and you help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias Neo and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. One of these lives has a future, and one of them does not.
Right after, Agent Smith says that they need his help in tracking Morpheus. And if he complies, they will clean his records. And, whether or not he's telling the truth, he's the only one believing that asking Neo was worth trying at all (emphasis mine):
Agent Smith: I'm going to be as forthcoming as I can be, Mr. Anderson. You're here because we need your help. We know that you've been contacted by a certain individual, a man who calls himself Morpheus. Now whatever you think you know about this man is irrelevant. He is considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive. My colleagues believe that I am wasting my time with you but I believe that you wish to do the right thing. We're willing to wipe the slate clean, give you a fresh start and all that we're asking in return is your cooperation in bringing a known terrorist to justice.
Because when Neo gives him the finger, Agent Smith admits that they actually didn't need his cooperation, as they're inserting a bug into his stomach.
Agent Smith: You're going to help us, Mr. Anderson, whether you want to or not.
Is there a reason he specifically wanted to try the diplomatic approach, if it would have been more expeditive to just bug Neo and send him home?