The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies

  • Marching an army of 100000 men 300 or so miles means spending 1000 golds pieces a day
    • These men will be away from their families & farms affecting 700000 families
  • Armies can remain in a stand-off for years
    • Generals have trouble parting with their soldiers’ pay because they do nothing – they forget about the soldiers’ sacrifices
  • Enlightened rulers & wise generals conquer & achieve through advanced knowledge
    • Can’t come from ghosts & spirits, phenomena or projected from the Heavens but from men & knowledge of the enemy’s true situation
  • 5 Ways to use Spies
    1. Local spies – people from the local distract
    2. Internal spies – people who hold government positions
    3. Double Agents – using enemy spies
    4. Expendable spies – spread disinformation abroad
    5. Inexpendable spies – return with reports
  • Their use is important. Rewards are to be great. Secrets learned are immense
  • Unless you’re wise, you can’t use them
    • Unless you’re benevolent & righteous, you can’t employ them
    • Unless you’re subtle & discerning, you can’t understand employ them
  • If the mission is exposed before it starts, kill the spy & those he’s informed
  • If you want to strike armies, attack cities & assassinate men, know who the defensive commander assistants, door guards, staff & attendants are before attacking
  • Find out enemy spies: bribe, instructed & keep them as double agents
    • They can be used to recruit local & internal spies
    • Using thorough knowledge, expendable spies can spread disinformation & living spies can be recruited
      • Be generous in paying double agents
  • Do well & you’ll be able to do great things.

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