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Spies Are More Common, and Boring, Than You Think

How many spies are there anyway? Many Americans were surprised this month by allegations that a Russian woman, Mariia Butina, had infiltrated the National Rifle Association and was having sex with well-placed men, in the hopes of receiving information for Russia. A recent Politico article noted that Russia and China were significantly stepping up their spying operations in Silicon Valley, to extract useful tech knowledge.

I think Americans underestimate the extent of spying in their midst. Because we do not know the number of operating spies, that's a hard hypothesis to test, but there are a number of reasons to find it plausible.

Our underestimation is partly the fault of movies and television, which give us overly glamorized images of espionage.

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