A common procedure used by spies to pass information to their contacts is through the use of a “dead drop.” The spy places the message in a prearranged unattended location, often hidden, and leaves it. Later, his or her compatriot will come and collect the message. Using a “dead drop” means that the spy and their contact do not meet face to face, and may never know who each other actually is. This that if one of them is captured by the enemy, they cannot compromise the rest of the communication chain. “Dead drops” have been used since antiquity and continue to be used today. We have even turned “dead drops” into a sport with the modern game of GEOCACHING.
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