Espionage FAQs:


Q: Is espionage a subset of "intelligence" gathering?

A: Yes, and which includes espionage as well as information gathering from public sources.

Q: Is espionage a crime under the legal code of many nations?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage well documented throughout history?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage considered permissible as many nations recognizes the inevitability of opposing sides seeking intelligence each about the dispositions of the other?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage illegal in the UK under the Official Secrets Acts of 1911 and 1920?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage a violation of United States law, 18 U.S.C?

A: Yes, §§ 792–798 and Article 106a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice". The United States, like most nations, conducts espionage against other nations, under the control of the National Clandestine Service".

Q: Was espionage moved to the civilian control of the Ministry of the Interior?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage often part of an institutional effort by a government or commercial concern?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage not a synonym for all intelligence-gathering disciplines?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage always directed at the most secret operations of a target country?

A: Yes.

Q: Was espionage passed in 1899 to the Sûreté générale – an agency originally responsible for order enforcement and public safety – and overseen by the Ministry of the Interior?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage the disclosure of sensitive information to people who are not cleared for that information or access to that sensitive information?

A: Yes.

Q: Is espionage often great enough that most governments and many large corporations make use of it to varying degrees?

A: Yes.

Q: Was espionage first developed?

A: Yes.