Espionage Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Espionage, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Espionage?

n. the crime of spying on the federal government and/or transferring state secrets on behalf of a foreign country. The other country need not be an “enemy,” so espionage may not be treason, which involves aiding an enemy.