[Ads-l] mole = spy antedating (?)

Peter Morris peter_morris_1 at BLUEYONDER.CO.UK
Thu Dec 3 02:33:17 UTC 2015


According to fred in this post, mole = spy is known from 1922

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2014-July/133479.html

I think I've found one from 1910.

The truth is that historians have accepted these clandestine agencies as part of the ordinary machinary of statecraft. The moles are always there beneath the surface, and the mole-catchers are always at work to restore the balance of power.

The Spy in Modern History
The Athenaeum, no 4236 September 1910 (?)  p356
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uVVDAQAAMAAJ&dq=espionage+mole&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=spy
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=KoNAAQAAMAAJ&dq=spy+mole&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=mole
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uVVDAQAAMAAJ&dq=espionage+mole&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=mole



Usual disclaimers about Google dating apply, but this appears to be the same article, and shows the date
http://tinyurl.com/pyz9kry

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