Questions tagged [espionage]

Espionage (also called spying) is the process states use to gather intelligence on each other. Use with specific country tags.

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Soviet or Russian equivalent of the Church Committee?

Following the Watergate scandal in 1972, the US senate created a select committee (the Church Committee) to investigate the abuse of power by US intelligence agencies. Has there ever been a Soviet ...
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Is espionage internationally tolerated?

This might be my perception being biased from what media is reporting about. But how I see it, here in Germany it is usually reported in media like: "Spy [Name] was convicted of having transfered [...
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Definition of active measures in a political warfare context

Is there a good definition of active measures in a political warfare context? Wikipedia has an article on active measures in that context, but it lacks a concise definition. Rather than stating a ...
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Did China engage in spy swaps?

The Soviet union and then Russia regularly engaged in spy swaps with the West (even if a recent trend seems to be to "get them good" even after the swap, at least on select occasions.) But ...
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Why is this reply by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein funny? [closed]

During the congressional hearing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on June 28th, Mr. Rosenstein was asked the following question: Did you threaten to subpoena their [staffers on the House ...
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Is there any convention on who is responsible for “former” intelligence agents?

This question is NOT about any one country. It is about whether there is an accepted convention about whether former employer countries are responsible for future actions of their would-be retired ...
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What could the UK stand to gain from the attempted assassination of ex-spy Skripal? [closed]

Russia has been accused by the UK to be responsible for the alleged chemical attack on Sergey Skripal, but has officially and vehemently denied any involvement. Moreover, Russian government officials ...
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How do these deals with rogue states and the like happen?

It is mostly from Hollywood movies but I have read true story books and have seen news reports on people (not always spies) selling things from weapons, secrets, hacking products, to infiltration ...
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International rules on how to deal with chemical weapon attacks (OPCW , CWC)

Currently Russia is accusing the UK of not following standard procedures apparently put forward by OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and in the CWC (Chemical Weapons ...
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Are there any facts according to which the Russian government is responsible for the chemical attack in Great Britain?

Today the Russian government was officially accused by Theresa May of the recent chemical attack in Great Britain, but are there any facts on which this accusation is based? By fact I mean some true ...
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What would the Kremlin stand to gain from killing the ex-spy Sergey Skripal?

What would the Kremlin stand to gain from assassinating the ex-spy Sergey Skripal, now critically ill after being poisoned on March 4th 2018 with a nerve agent?
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What might Russia gain from a false-flag hack on the Olympics?

During the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, a number of South Korean computers were hacked prior to the opening ceremony. A report following the event from two U.S. officials who spoke on the ...
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Did the US request that Russia extradite the 13 Russians charged by Mueller?

On Friday February 16th, 2018, the office of special council announced indictments of 13 Russian Federation nationals with the crimes of fraud against the United States. According to CNN, Russia has ...
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Are the U.S.A. and Russia in a conflict similar to the “Cold War” in 2018?

From my understanding the "Cold War" was not really a war in the traditional sense, but a term to describe the tension between the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. as they attempted to destabilise and weaken each ...
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In the context of America's espionage infrastructure, what is NE?

I was listening to an agent of America's Central Intelligence Agency discuss their operations in Afghanistan in the 1980s and she mentioned subdivisions of their "intelligence community" by the ...
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Why doesn't PRC help install a new leadership or stage a coup to preserve DPRK — or even take it over altogether before the US does?

I realize the title of this question is a bit odd and apparently counter-intuitive, and might give someone a good chuckle, but bear with me for a second. The People's Republic of China and the ...
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What happens if the President of the United States is deemed a risk to US national security?

Hypothetically, what happens if the President of the United States is deemed a risk to U.S. national security? If, for example, the President engages in a pattern of (perhaps otherwise entirely ...
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Could a POTUS be prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917 [closed]

I hear this talk about POTUS being able to deem "classified" information as "declassified" as per their own arbitrary discretion and per that, the POTUS does not violate anything; I wonder if this is ...
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GCHQ denying circumvention, or not?

In the recent blowup over the unverifiable allegation by a White House spokesman that GCHQ was spying on Trump before the election at the behest of the previous administration, the GCHQ issued a rare ...
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Are the US President's phone calls recorded?

Apparently the official phone calls of the US President are recorded and transcripts are made. This process has apparently resulted in multiple phone conversations being revealed to the public by ...