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Excuse me, but isn't "undercover" redundant in "undercover spy"?.. I mean, all spies work undercover :-)

There are spies with official cover and non-official cover[0]--the latter of which is normally to what "undercover spy" refers.

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-official_cover

Also spies is really an overarching term and means shedloads of different things in reality.

I mean if you break it down in the simplest way possible (for example what the public see on TV and call a spy), what they are seeing is various people who are:



-Agent of influence


-Mobile Surveillance Officer

-Tech officer

etc etc etc

Not really, some spies have official diplomatic status. Their public job title may not be "spy", but it's generally assumed that the host country knows what's up.

I actually liked "talking audibly" better... it reminded me of the movie "Naked Lunch" where Bill Lee was conversing "telepathically" about something completely different from the inane verbal chit-chat he was having with Tom Frost in the medina... http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/adiab/clips/FF_Cronen...

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