Originally posted by Larry
ok let's see if i can help...
he's actually part of a story from the Animatrix, called "Kid's Story".. dunno if i should give this away but since this thread already got a Spoilers alert, i guess it's ok. the boy actually freed himself from the Matrix, without any help. it's a process of self-realization or self-sustaining (or something like that).
my theory is that Neo is subconsciously still connected to the Matrix, since he's an inherent part of the program (albeit an anomaly). so he's still able to influence/affect anything connected to the Matrix (i.e. the probes). but it's anyone's guess. i guess we'll find out in Revolutions.
that's Agent Smith. remember one of the earlier scenes when he "copied" this Zion agent before he could dial himself out of the Matrix? Smith basically downloaded himself into the man's physical body and psyche. he's also the one who sabotaged the ships at the end and turned up unconscious (remember the ending scene with Neo and the man both unconscious?
hope that helps man...
My theory is that the 'real' world is still another level of a virtual world. In this next level of virtual world ('real'), Neo is still able to stop the sentinels and the agents are also able to dial into. This may also explain the knife guy trying to kill Neo in Zion. He may be the agent from ('program') the Matrix sent to the 'real' world.