In "Heart of Darkness", who says, "I authorize you to take all the risks," and why does he say this?

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As the boat approaches Kurtz's station, the men see natives gathering on the banks of the river. Fearing they will attack, the manager tells Marlow that he is "authoriz[ing] him to take all the risks" by making a pre-emptive attack on them. Marlow, however, responds with, "I refuse to take any."