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Clandestine human-source intelligence and covert action/Definition

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A definition or brief description of Clandestine human-source intelligence and covert action.

Intelligence and military special operations functions that either should be completely secret (i.e., clandestine: the existence of which is not known outside the relevant government circles), or simply cannot be linked to the sponsor (i.e., covert: it is known that sabotage is taking place, but its sponsor is unknown).