13.19

Chapter: The Use of Spies 13.19
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Translation:

If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man to whom the secret was told.

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Commentary

Timing in war is all-important, and especially so with spies.

Secrecy is difficult to sustain and spies, who often hold critical information, can do great damage. Limiting damage may involve taking those who know out of the action. Killing may not be permitted now, but those who could ruin plans may be kept out of harm’s way until the action is complete.