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A defensive tactic in an espionage trial whereby the accused threatens to reveal secret information unless the charges are dropped.
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(Law) law US a tactic to avoid prosecution in an espionage case by threatening to expose state secrets during trial
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a means of preventing prosecution, as for espionage, by threatening to disclose government secrets during trial.
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