spy·mas·ter | \ˈspī-ˌma-stər \

Definition of spymaster 

: the head of a ring of spies : a director of intelligence

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Dan Coats is not exactly Central Casting’s version of a spymaster. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "Intelligence Director Dan Coats Is the Mild-Mannered Force the Trump Administration Needs," 22 May 2018 Many former intelligence officials back Haspel's nomination and say having a veteran spymaster atop the CIA would be reassuring as the U.S. faces multiple international threats. Fox News, "Democrats demand more details on CIA nominee's covert work," 25 Apr. 2018 Choe Kang Il, a North Korean foreign ministry official involved with North America issues, was also spotted at the airport and could be accompanying the former spymaster, according to Yonhap. Fox News, "North Korea sends infamous ex-spy chief to US in bid to revive peace summit," 29 May 2018 In Moscow, Russia’s spymaster claimed the poisoning was staged by U.K. and U.S. intelligence agencies. Washington Post, "UK rejects joint probe with Russia into spy poisoning," 4 Apr. 2018 Israel’s police chief, Roni Alsheikh, is a former agent-handler and spymaster in Shin Bet, the internal security service. The Economist, "Israel’s leader Binyamin Netanyahu fights for political survival," 17 Feb. 2018 Nevertheless, his intelligence credentials have no doubt helped him gain the trust of Israel’s spymasters and operatives. Jeff Stein, Newsweek, "A Secret History of Israeli Assassinations," 2 Feb. 2018 Trump's choice to be the first female director of the CIA is a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the president has supported. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Trump taps Pompeo, former Kansas congressman, to serve as secretary of state | The Kansas City Star," 13 Mar. 2018 If confirmed, the 61-year-old career spymaster will succeed Mike Pompeo, who is replacing ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Deb Riechmann, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's CIA pick is career spymaster, oversaw secret prison," 13 Mar. 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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