covert operation

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covert operation

An operation that is so planned and executed as to conceal the identity of or permit plausible denial by the sponsor. A covert operation differs from a clandestine operation in that emphasis is placed on concealment of identity of sponsor rather than on concealment of the operation. See also clandestine operation; overt operation.
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Noun1.covert operation - an intelligence operation so planned as to permit plausible denial by the sponsor
military operation, operation - activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
black operation - a covert operation not attributable to the organization carrying it out
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China was fighting against Japan, Japan was fighting against South Korea, North Vietnam was fighting against South Vietnam, the Yemenis were fighting against each other, the Central American republics were seeing the rise of corrupt dictators so America had to poke its nose there, African nations were fighting with each other, closer home India was fighting against Pakistan, Thailand was a 'watering hole' for American soldiers and covert agents and others were dragged in between.
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These covert agents operate under different official or unofficial banners.
Some countries are expected to send covert agents to protect their athletes and staff during the Olympics.
There is much evidence of Filipino ingenuity and courage in the terrible days of the Japanese occupation, embodied by the covert agents whose activities Eisner chronicles in 'MacArthur's Spies.'
One of the leaked documents, a manual ominously entitled The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations, is discussed on journalist Glenn Greenwald's website, The Intercept, in an article entitled "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations." The Art of Deception was produced by the formerly super-secret department of the GCHQ known as JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group).
tactic, covert agents could exercise invasive and suspicionless
Jagan, official spokesperson of the Maoist organisation in Telangana, has alleged the police used their covert agents within the organisation to kill the Maoists.
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Carlin affirmed in a statement that "foreign nations who attempt to illegally gather economic and other intelligence information through espionage pose a direct threat to US national security." He said that the National Security Division will continue to work with law enforcement partners to identify and hold accountable those who illegally operate as covert agents within the United States.