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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The show featured stories of hapless Chinese exchange students who became entrapped during their time in Taiwan by wily Taiwanese spies working for various intelligence agencies.
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During a 36-year career in Special Branch, he caught the infamous Portland spy ring, who were selling nuclear submarine secrets to Moscow, and arrested the most dangerous of all Red spies, George Blake.
A second announcement that came out from the Intelligence Ministry said it "is worth mentioning" that enemy spies use "modern methods" to include "invitations to international conferences on scientific, technical or intellectual topics or the pretext of employment, telephone surveys, interviews with Persian language satellite TV channels" to put "greedy people O on the path to treason."
Last year, United States officials arrested 10 Russian spies who had been gathering information here.
In June, the group of 10 spies, many of whom had been working undercover for years in the US as sleeper agents, returned to Russia in a sensational spy swap that saw Moscow send four Russian convicts to the West.
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Summary: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has met with the Russian spies deported from the United States following the spy scandal.