Espionage, commonly known as "spying," is the act of illegally taking government secrets and information. By definition, espionage is frowned upon and individuals who are convicted of espionage may be punished by the government. Although intelligence gathering is not inherently illegal, espionage is a form of intelligence gathering that breaks the law and is considered unethical. Sometimes, espionage is part of a governmental effort to steal information and intelligence from the enemies, usually for military purposes.
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Background of Espionage Charges
One of the most common forms of espionage occurs when one organization attempts to infiltrate another organization's defenses by planting a spy among their ranks. In the past, spies have commonly been used to steal technology for purposes of sabotage. In an effort to defend themselves against espionage and spying, some governments and organizations feed spies false information. Typically, espionage is punished harshly, but the information gleaned from it is valuable enough to motivate its continuation.
Espionage has been popular throughout history. Even the ancient Chinese and Indian militaries used spying techniques to gather information form their enemies, giving them an advantage in military situations. During the Cold War, United States citizens were accused of committing espionage by stealing nuclear secrets from American scientists and giving it to the Soviet Union.
Legal Protection in Atlanta
The Espionage Act of 1917 prohibits Americans to inhibit any military operation of the U.S. or to support American's enemies during a time of war. In the 1990's, the Espionage Act of 1917 received a great deal of criticism because, some people claimed, it allowed bureaucracies to expand their range of power by labeling more and more information as a "secretive."
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