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5th Feb '18 3:21:35 PM Discar
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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington With One Stone]]'', some [[TheKingdom Manticoran]] spies disposed of their espionage gear so that [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Havenite]] police wouldn't find it, then realized they now had some suspiciously empty suitcases to explain. They got away with it by packing the suitcases with valuables from their room, then pretended they had been caught StealingFromTheHotel.

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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington With One Stone]]'', some [[TheKingdom Manticoran]] Manticoran spies disposed of their espionage gear so that [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Havenite]] police wouldn't find it, then realized they now had some suspiciously empty suitcases to explain. They got away with it by packing the suitcases with valuables from their room, then pretended they had been caught StealingFromTheHotel.
26th Jan '18 4:14:11 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. [[spoiler:Bill Hayden has an affair with Smiley's wife, so if Smiley ever accused him of being TheMole, people would think Smiley was just acting out of personal dislike.]]

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* ''Literature/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. [[spoiler:Bill Hayden has an affair with Smiley's wife, so if Smiley ever accused him of being TheMole, people would think Smiley was just acting out of personal dislike. Smiley too would distrust his own instincts for this reason.]]
26th Jan '18 4:13:14 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. [[spoiler:Bill Hayden has an affair with Smiley's wife, so if Smiley ever accused him of being TheMole, people would think Smiley was just acting out of personal dislike.]]
26th Jan '18 12:50:31 AM JackG
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* In ''Seven'', the Professor plants an inflatable sex doll in his luggage, which then inflates when customs opens his bag. Everyone is so embarrassed that they just wave him through without spotting the weapon components he had hidden in his luggage.

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* In ''Seven'', ''Seven'' (the 1979 film), the Professor plants an inflatable sex doll in his luggage, which then inflates when customs opens his bag. Everyone is so embarrassed that they just wave him through without spotting the weapon components he had hidden in his luggage.
26th Jan '18 12:47:37 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. [[LaQuisling Donovan's mother]] catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.

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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. [[LaQuisling [[TheQuisling Donovan's mother]] catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.
26th Jan '18 12:47:18 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. [[LaQuisling Donovan's mother]] catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.
6th Jan '18 5:04:51 AM JackG
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* In ''Redemption Games'', Literature/JohnRain [[NotSoAboveItAll gleefully mocks Dox]] when he almost takes a [[DudeLooksLikeALady Thai ladyboy]] back to his hotel. Rain realises almost too late that [s]he was separating them for a kidnapping team, the idea being that if the ProperlyParanoid Rain suspected something was off-key, he'd just assume his GutFeeling was reacting to her actually being a man.
13th Oct '17 1:00:36 AM PaulA
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* This is part of the plot in ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]''. Bishop tries to make everybody [[spoiler:including his accomplice]] think he's trying to fix the Game, but in reality [[spoiler:he's committing industrial espionage]]. Averted in that nobody believes for a second that's all Bishop is really up to, [[spoiler:but subverted again in that, while they think he's trying to steal information, he's actually trying to find a way to circumvent the security system so that his handlers can steal anything they like in the future]].

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* This is part of the plot in ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]''.''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame''. Bishop tries to make everybody [[spoiler:including his accomplice]] think he's trying to fix the Game, but in reality [[spoiler:he's committing industrial espionage]]. Averted in that nobody believes for a second that's all Bishop is really up to, [[spoiler:but subverted again in that, while they think he's trying to steal information, he's actually trying to find a way to circumvent the security system so that his handlers can steal anything they like in the future]].
15th Aug '17 10:26:27 AM wingedcatgirl
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* This is the principle behind [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deniable_encryption "deniable encryption"]] systems, designed to address the situation where someone in possession of encrypted files is coerced (by physical force or plea bargaining, say) into handing over the decryption key. These systems allow data to be hidden on several different "layers", each requiring a separate key to access the data - for example, someone could store their [[PornStash porn collection]] at the first layer, {{squick}}ier porn at the second layer, and military state secrets at the third. The trick is that it's mathematically impossible for the interrogator to know how many layers are in use (and it is also possible to have more than one volume at the same layer, for example having two second- or third-layer volumes), since anything they haven't decrypted yet is indistinguishable from random garbage - so at any point the subject can plausibly claim that they've handed over all the keys they have, and the interrogator has no way to be sure whether they're dealing with an actual spy or just a very paranoid pervert.

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* This is the principle behind [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deniable_encryption "deniable encryption"]] systems, designed to address the situation where someone in possession of encrypted files is coerced (by physical force or plea bargaining, say) into handing over the decryption key. These systems allow data to be hidden on [[MultilayerFacade several different "layers", "layers"]], each requiring a separate key to access the data - for example, someone could store their [[PornStash porn collection]] at the first layer, {{squick}}ier porn at the second layer, and military state secrets at the third. The trick is that it's mathematically impossible for the interrogator to know how many layers are in use (and it is also possible to have more than one volume at the same layer, for example having two second- or third-layer volumes), since anything they haven't decrypted yet is indistinguishable from random garbage - so at any point the subject can plausibly claim that they've handed over all the keys they have, and the interrogator has no way to be sure whether they're dealing with an actual spy or just a very paranoid pervert.
8th Aug '17 4:28:34 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. John Crichton pretends to seduce a BattleaxeNurse who's in charge of Aeryn Sun's interrogation. He then knocks out the nurse and tries to free Aeryn, but is captured. He then tells his captors that he thought Aeryn was HotterAndSexier than the nurse, so decided to have sex with her instead.
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