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To: Moltke
Well, that’s what foreign intelligence services do. All of them. As best they can, I hope, because that’s their job.

If this is understood as normal behavior, then is there really such a thing as espionage? If, for example, we caught Germans planting a bug in our Oval Office, would we just say "Nice try but get out of here"?
12 posted on 06/30/2013 12:14:53 PM PDT by microgood
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To: microgood
If this is understood as normal behavior, then is there really such a thing as espionage?

Of course it's espionage. That's the whole point of these agencies, isn't it? (I might be exaggerating a little for effect here.) And it's the job of the others to take effective countermeasures. Just follow the old dictum "Nations don't have friends, they have interests" and act accordingly. Oh, and "try to not get caught doing it." ;-)

Seriously, though, a little restraint should be excercised as regards foreign countries that are not outright enemies. (But never slip into complacency.)

14 posted on 06/30/2013 1:29:52 PM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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