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Questions tagged [espionage]

For questions about the practice of spying or otherwise obtaining information in secret.

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How can spies and whistleblowers protect themselves from a government that wants to silence them?

When it comes to an angry government the ending can be: Acute Radiation Sickness (Alexander Litvinenko) imprisonment (Chelsea Manning) 'car accidents' (journalist Serena Shim). Also according to ...
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Shooting all flying creatures in fear of spying drones [closed]

Spying technology is getting more sophisticated. Drones as we know them are obsolete. Robots appearing as living creatures are becoming science fact. First, robotic birds, then robotic insects. They ...
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How does my super spy build his network? [closed]

It is a fairly common trope to have a "master spy" who feeds information to people. She or he gathers this information from an unspecified army of "birds" or "sparrows" or "eyes-and-ears" or whatever ...
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What social norms would a dog metamorphosised into a human struggle to follow most? [closed]

Say that a Flowerew (a wolf which turns into a human on the full moon) is pretending to be human during their human phase. Or that a kitsune who has been a fox for their life so far is trying their ...
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Can a group of people be trained to look and act identically so that a computer could not tell them apart?

Modern day image recognition is getting pretty sophisticated, such that people can be easily identified by cameras and automated systems. If I recall correctly, even the way a person walks can help ID ...
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What precautions would a space navy crew take when co-operating with an enemy android?

After a politically destabilizing incident that could lead to a regional war, a sentient android from a foreign government has offered to help the navy track down a space pirate turned fanatical ...
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Can you remove the scent from a person?

I was wondering if it is possible to make someone scentless for life with modern technology. Requirements The individual's appearance must remain normal enough that they could walk down a street ...
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How to keep a military technology secret while using it?

We are situated in an scenario like the Terran cold war in the 1980 era. I am the omnipotent dictator ahem.. president of the "good" side. Recently my research team completed some breakthrough in a ...
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Human echolocation for spies. What sound to use?

There are reports of blind people being able to develop an echolocation ability, by listening to the echo of sounds emitted by them. Since this ability is pretty handy for spies and soldiers, the ...
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How to find the man who isn't there?

"As I was going up the stair I met a man who wasn't there! He wasn't there again today, Oh how I wish he'd go away" Antigonish by William Hughes Meams Paul Billson makes his living in ...
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How to hide ocean Fleet Construction at dawn of Industrial Age? [closed]

Setting Pseudo-fantasy medieval setting at the dawn of industrialization. Gun powder is now a secret. The first ships with black powder weapons in the world are being built several days upriver of a ...
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Attack Vectors for Supply Chain Sabotage

There's two opposing forces acting against each other in a covert intelligence war. The names here are substituted to protect myself. The United States of Eagle - High technology, overtly bound by ...
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What skills does a spy need? [closed]

The story is set at a facitiy to train future agents. There is a group of new trainees, that have to be tested selected to either: "Fail" (they failed a test and are no longer able to participate) or ...
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Super Spies Reality Check

It's a common trope that during the Cold War (and afterwards) America, the UK, the USSR, and sometimes nations beyond these developed super spies, capable of acts of espionage, sabotage, and direct ...
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Keeping National Ignorance Out Of Other National Intelligence

Planet A has alien species A. A, before becoming spaceborn stumbles upon several factors and pieces of technology from another (long dead) alien species B. A attempts to reverse engineer B's ...
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Murder in the Age of Pervasive Surveillance

It's a few years from now, and someone needs killing at a remote secure facility, where a dangerous AI is being developed by a terror organization hiding behind a respectable corporate front, which ...
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Intelligence Agency Cooporation during high cold war

Now imagine a world where they did land on the moon just a year ago (for real!), and we enter 1970 and heading for the less pleasureful high time of the cold war. But suddenly, a POD (Point of... ...