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spy

noun agent, detective, emissarius, explorator, informer, intelligence agent, intelligencer, lookout, observer, reconnoiterer, reporter, scout, seeret agent, sleuth, snoop, snooper, source, speculator, undercover agent, undercover man, watcher
Associated concepts: espionage

spy

verb behold, catch sight of, descry, detect, discover, discover by artifice, distinguish, eavesdrop, espy, examine secretely, follow, glimpse, innpect secretely, look at, look for, make a reconnaissance, make out, make secret observations, observe, peep, peer, perceive, pry, recognize, reconnoiter, scrutinize, search out, see, shadow, sight, snoop, speculari, spy upon, take note, trail, view, watch, watch secretely
See also: conspirator, discern, informant, observe, perceive, recognize, watch

SPY. One who goes into a place for the purpose of ascertaining the best way of doing an injury there.
     2. The term is mostly applied to an enemy who comes into the camp for the purpose of ascertaining its situation in order to make an attack upon it. The punishment for, this crime is death. See Articles of War, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 992; Vattel, Droit des Gens. liv. 3, Sec. 179.

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The CIA has been tarred at times by scandal, especially after it was discovered in the 1970s that agency had been involved in assassination plots, had directed coups to overthrow foreign governments, and had spied on Americans.
During World War II a number of individuals were recruited by the Germans to spy on Britain, who then in turn, spied against Germany.
Edgar Hoover, the agency routinely spied on American citizens--eventually surveilling and compiling dossiers on a good bulk of the American political, entertainment, and literary establishments.