Are there any internationally established norms or legal precedents in the cases of spies captured in a country working for foreign gover…

Are there any internationally established norms or legal precedents in the cases of spies captured i… by Tony Garcia

Answer by Tony Garcia:

In the United States, there are, actually, very few laws covering spying by a foreign government.(1) Truth be told, in many cases it can be far more advantageous for the host company not to prosecute spies—you gain a serious edge over your rival by not letting them know what you know about them.

As for those people caught spying, if they worked as a consular official for a Mission or an Embassy, they will be deported. Persons working under non-official cover may be turned—i.e, asked to spy against their home country on behalf of their captor—or, once tried and convicted, be jailed, deported or exchanged for the host country’s spy(ies) held by that foreign power.(2)

(1) Why doesn't the FBI prosecute more spies?
(2) U.S. deports Russian spy who posed as bank employee in New York

Are there any internationally established norms or legal precedents in the cases of spies captured in a country working for foreign gover…

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