A high level penetration agent who can give the innermost secrets of an intelligence service to its enemy.

The mole, the penetration agent in particular does not merely betray; he stays. He doesn’t just commit a single treacherous act and run; his entire being, every smile, every word he exchanges, is an intimate violation (an almost sexual penetration) of all those around him. All his friendships, his relationships, his marriages become elaborate lies requiring unceasing vigilance to maintain, lies in a play-within-a-play only he can follow. He is not merely the supreme spy, he is above all the supreme actor.

Famous Moles

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