covert action

a secret action undertaken to influence the course of political events, as a government intelligence operation.
Also called covert operation.

1975–80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Now, despite a history of disastrous operations, the agency is talking about a new era of covert action.
His efforts in what is known today as covert action were wide-ranging and usually successful.
Second, it demonstrates that an inadequately supported covert action cannot succeed.
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