delate

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delate

to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach.
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Finally, in June 2013, former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden revealed the scope of the domestic and foreign surveillance programs being carried out by our own version of Augustus's delatores: the NSA.
And, from the brief description that Tacitus provides, we see that the delatores grew desperate in their efforts to obtain a conviction.
maiestas proceedings had evolved and, according to Tacitus, delatores turned out in record numbers.
As the number of maiestas trials increased, Rome's hatred of delatores increased along with them.
More importantly, Tacitus' description of Crispinus highlights two essential motivations for a typical delator. The first is a strong want of profit, while the second is a desire for political and social advancement.
Indeed, even without the praemia, enterprising delatores still had an incentive to come forth with groundless maiestas claims in the hopes of working their way up the senatorial ranks.
He kept a close watch on the delatores that he empowered and took a keen interest in those trials that offered an opportunity for reform.
But for our purposes, the case serves as one of the leading examples of how Tiberius introduced a helpful precedent for cases in which delatores offered phony charges against the accused.
Looking beyond his control of the delatores, Tiberius also sought to control the senators.
Rutledge, Imperial Inquisitions: Prosecutors and Informants from Tiberius to Domitian [hereinafter "Imperial Inquisitions"] (Taylor & Francis, 2002), 9 (stating, "The word delator comes from the phrase nomen deferre, meaning either to lay information or to accuse, since the individual who initially denounced another individual before a magistrate could also be the one who conducted the prosecution.").
(66) Imperial Inquisitions, 206-07 (discussing the delator Caepio Crispinus).