I guess I watched too many movies about spies to know how they really work.
PMF spies warning our Eastern adversaries in the government.
He was surrounded with spies who reported, none too accurately, the minister's somewhat sharp criticisms of the emperor's acts; he had even had the supreme presumption to advise Alexander not to take the chief command in the coming campaign.
He favoured the death penalty for spies, but after the war advocated amnesty for political prisoners.
The obsession that the country was full of German spies persisted until 1918, although Federal officers had broken up German espionage early in the war.