back-channel

back channel

noun
a secret, unofficial, or informal channel of communication as used in politics or diplomacy: sensitive information passed on through a back channel.

back-channel, adjective
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back-channel

adjective
via a back channel; "the failure of back-channel negotiations" 
back channel

noun
an alternative to the regular channels of communication that is used when agreements must be made secretly (especially in diplomacy or government); "they negotiated via a back channel" 
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