What is SPY?

A person sent into an enemy’s camp to inspect their works, ascertain their strength and their intentions, watch their movements, and secretly communicate intel- ligence to the proper officer. By the laws of war among all civilized nations, a spy is punished with death. Webster. See Vattel, 3, 179.

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