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Chapter 59: Espionage

Kural 581

Competent spies and the respected codes of law--
consider these two the eyes of a king.

Kural 582

Duty requires the monarch to swiftly acquire
knowledge of all happenings among all men each day.

Kural 583

Without assessing the intelligence reports of informants,
a king can never achieve victory.

Kural 584

The working staff, close kindred and known enemies--
all such people are the legitimate study of spies.

Kural 585

An able spy is one who can assume an unsuspicious disguise,
is fearless when caught and never betrays his secrets.

Kural 586

Disguised as a monk or a mendicant, the master spy
moves about investigating all, never careless, come what may.

Kural 587

A spy must ferret out hidden facts,
assuring himself that knowledge found is beyond doubt.

Kural 588

Before believing one spy's espionage,
have another spy espy the information.

Kural 589

See that informants do not know one another,
and accept their findings only when three reports agree.

Kural 590

One must not openly honor operatives.
To do so is to divulge one's deepest secrets.

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