tradecraft

noun
trade·craft | \ ˈtrād-ˌkraft \

Definition of tradecraft 

: the techniques and procedures of espionage

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Many of the tradecraft techniques are so old, they were used in Biblical times. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Red Sparrow' Author Made the Film More "Authentically CIA"," 1 Mar. 2018 As an informant, Halper openly asked questions; a spy uses tradecraft to obtain information. Glenn Kessler, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's 'spygate' claim is latest off-target salvo at Russia probe," 2 June 2018 This is intelligence tradecraft to steer an election. Gregg Re, Fox News, "'Highly partisan' Mueller team is trying hard to 'frame' Trump, Giuliani says in Israel," 6 June 2018 As an informant, Halper openly asked questions; a spy uses tradecraft to obtain information. Glenn Kessler, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's 'spygate' claim is latest off-target salvo at Russia probe," 2 June 2018 As an informant, Halper openly asked questions; a spy uses tradecraft to obtain information. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "President Trump’s fog of ‘scandals’ and outrages about the Mueller investigation," 25 May 2018 The Republican-run Senate Intelligence Committee affirmed that conclusion this week, disagreeing with House Republicans, who said the report failed to meet proper analytical tradecraft.. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Senate Confirms Gina Haspel as CIA Director," 17 May 2018 In Iraq, the group refined the terrorist tradecraft of anti-American Shiite insurgents. Behnam Ben Taleblu, Fortune, "Commentary: How Trump Can Neutralize Assad in Syria," 13 Apr. 2018 Some investigators believed China might have penetrated the C.I.A.’s covert communications or sloppy tradecraft. Scott Shane, New York Times, "Arrested Former C.I.A. Officer Had Ties to Chinese Spies, Ex-Colleague Says," 18 Jan. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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