What is espionage?

  • (noun): The systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets.


Espionage or spying involves a government or individual obtaining information that is considered secret or confidential without the permission of the holder of the information. Espionage is inherently clandestine, as it is taken for granted that it is unwelcome and, in many cases illegal and punishable by law. It is a subset of intelligence gathering—which otherwise may be conducted from public sources and using perfectly legal and ethical means. It is crucial to distinguish espionage from intelligence gathering, as the latter does not necessarily involve espionage, but often collates open-source information. When successful, however espionage always produces intelligence.

Read more about Espionage.

Some articles on espionage:

American Espionage In The Soviet Union - American and Soviet Espionage
... Throughout the Cold War, acts of espionage, or spying, became prevalent as tension between the United States and Soviet Union increased ... The KGB, Soviet military group, made use of espionage primarily at the American Embassy in the Soviet Union ... Punishments for espionage in the United States were harsh and involved a quickly issued death penalty, especially the cases that involved betraying one’s own country ...
Espionage - Spy Fiction - Cold War Era: 1945–1991
... Cold War Espionage and Spying - 2001- essays Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin The World Was Going Our Way The KGB and the Battle for the Third World - - - Christopher ... Doubleday Canada 1994 - Haynes, John Earl, and Harvey Klehr Venona Decoding Soviet Espionage in America - 1999 - Helms, Richard A Look over My Shoulder A Life in the Central Intelligence ... The CIA's Secret Operations Espionage, Counterespionage, and Covert Action - 1988 - Srodes, James Allen Dulles Master of Spies Regnery 2000 CIA head to 1961 Sontag Sherry, and Christopher Drew Blind Man's Bluff The ...
Asbjørn Sunde - Post-war Activities - Conviction For Treason and Espionage
... leading to his arrest five years later on suspicion of espionage ... In 1954 Sunde was convicted for treason and espionage for the Soviet Union, and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment ...
Linn Farrish - Espionage
... Farish is referenced in the following Venona project decryption 1397 KGB New York to Moscow, 4 October 1944. ...

Famous quotes containing the word espionage:

    He hadn’t known me fifteen minutes, and yet he was ... ready to talk ... I was still to learn that Munshin, like many people from the capital, could talk openly about his personal life while remaining a dream of espionage in his business operations.
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923)

    I cannot think that espionage can be recommended as a technique for building an impressive civilisation. It’s a lout’s game.
    Rebecca West (1892–1983)