Espionage has been a part of the human condition since time immemorial. It is frequently referred to as the second-oldest profession, after prostitution. Being so closely linked with prostitution raises a number of interesting moral questions about espionage, but this article is not an ethical critique of espionage but, rather, a brief history and examination of the dark art of espionage and the social and political effects of espionage in the United States of America.

Espionage is a popular topic for action and thriller novels and movies in modern society. ...

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