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, the act of obtaining information clandestinely. The term applies particularly to the act of collecting military, industrial, and political data about one nation for the benefit of another.
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Birch, Harvey
a double spy, secretly in the employ of George Washington. [Am. Lit.: Cooper The Spy]
Bond, James
Agent 007: super spy, super hero. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 27]
(Central Intelligence Agency) U.S. intelligence agency. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 492]
early Soviet secret police charged with guarding against counterrevolutionary activity. [Russ. Hist.: Benét, 190]
Cly, Roger
old servant of Darnay; became a spy. [Br. Lit.: A Tale of Two Cities]
Hannay, Richard
opponent of foreign evil. [Br. Lit.: The Thirty-Nine Steps in Herman, 38–39]
Hushai the Archite
sent by David to inveigle Absalom’s confidence. [O.T.: II Samuel 15:34]
the Committee of State Security, USSR agency (begun 1954) with responsibility for espionage and counter–espionage. [EB, V; 780]
Kuryakin, Illya
taciturn, blond partner of Solo from U.N.C.L.E. [TV: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in Terrace, II, 60]
Leamas British
Secret Service agent torn between duty and the desire to give up espionage. [Br. Lit.: Le Carré The Spy Who Came In from the Cold in Weiss, 440]
Mata Hari
(1876–1917) courtesan executed by French for German espionage (1917). [Ger. Hist.: EB, VI: 683]
Muir, Lieutenant Davy
garrison quartermaster discovered to be French spy. [Am. Lit.: Magill I, 715–717]
People’s Commisariat of Internal Affairs, USSR police agency (1934–1943) that carried out purges of the 1930s. [EB, VII: 366]
secret police agency, successor to the Cheka. [Russ. Hist.: Benét, 190]
Palmer, Harry
anti-hero of The Iperess File. [Am. Cinema: Herman, 28–29]
spies on Hamlet and Gertrude. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Hamlet]
Secret Agent, The
Conrad’s novel of the intrigues of a foreign secret agent (1907). [Br. Lit.: Magill III, 949–951]
acronym for Smert Shpionam (Death to Spies), a section of the KGB. [EB, IX: 283]
Smiley, George
British Secret Service hero. [Br. Lit.: Le Cane in Drabble, 558]
Solo, Napoleon
suave and debonair agent for U.N.C.L.E. [TV: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in Terrace, II, 60]
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