spy·​mas·​ter | \ ˈspī-ˌma-stər How to pronounce spymaster (audio) \

Definition of spymaster

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

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Unlike some of his comrades, who had escaped to the West with the help from foreign spymasters, Skripal was sent abroad on orders of the Kremlin. Simon Shuster, Time, "The Poisoning of Ex-Spy Sergei Skripal Suggests Russia's Rules Have Changed," 8 Mar. 2018 Mr Minniti, who once oversaw Italy’s intelligence services, cultivates the reputation of a spymaster with mysterious contacts in every corner. The Economist, "Charlemagne: The Minniti methodHow Italy’s interior minister tackles illegal migration," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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