Spying (also called espionage) is the act of stealing secrets from your enemies or rivals. A spy is the person hired to learn the secrets. Did you know there are different kinds of spies? Spies steal secrets for military, political or financial reasons.
When spying for military or political reasons, spies collect information from the "enemy" or someone on the other side of a fight or war. During wars, spies are often used to find out information about the enemy and pass it on to the other side. Usually, if you are a spy, it is kept a secret.
If you are an adult
who is caught spying, you can be found guilty of treason (the crime of
being disloyal to your nation). In some countries espionage is a crime
punishable by death or life imprisonment. For example, in the USA someone
caught spying could receive the death penalty. However, it isn't used
very often since governments will bargain away a death penalty sentence
in exchange for information.
Hill, Laban Carrick. Spy's Survival Handbook. New York, New York: Tangerine Press, 2003.
Platt, Richard. Eyewitness Books Spy. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1996.
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