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fifth columnist

A member of a clandestine group of people who work subversively within a group, organization, or country in order to betray it to an allied outside force. In the US during the Cold War, there was constant fear and suspicion of people supposedly working as fifth columnists to spread the influence of communism from within.
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A fifth columnist was someone on the inside in contact with an unseen outside.
Lhc Cf DECEIVED But Cameron is saving Britain because he's a Unionist rather than an upper class Labour Fifth Columnist.
SIR Alex Ferguson will be shocked to learn that the worldwide conspiracy of referees, UEFA officials, BBC staff and Stamford Bridge stewards hell-bent on stopping Manchester United winning silverware has been joined by a fifth columnist.
The British waged war against Fifth Columnist opinion in the United States to win over the public to their cause during the Second World War, it emerged today.
Some of his list of what was wrong with the Welsh "nationalist" (which he could not describe as Quislings, traitors, fifth columnist etc) were: "Never lived out or worked outside the country, obsessed with cultural and national identity, no sense of humour, suspicious villagers distrustful of outsiders, babbling an incomprehensible language" - which shows how some English monoglots have been neutered from understanding the language that they use.
And secondly, he's outed himself as a fifth columnist who threatens to destabilise a Labour government under Brown that promises to do more to help those who need it most.
Presupposing some computer hacker is not responsible for the drip, drip of inside information seeping from Number 10 then it must be the work of a fifth columnist at the heart of the Government machine.
But before the Toon Army suspect they have a fifth columnist in their ranks, Hughes is quick to add that he is committed to Newcastle now.
THE Tories invited a potential fifth columnist into their midst when they asked opinion pollster Peter Kellner to attend their recent ideas symposium.
AXED Frank Clark left Maine Road for the last time yesterday, cursing Manchester City's fifth columnist.
He said that the Union is united, intact, and there is no crisis despite that the fifth columnists looking for ways to infiltrate into the Union, adding that the Association is a brand that promotes unity.
The critics of this ideology could not stop its transformation into a separate independent homeland for the Muslims, however, they nurtured an unending grudge against it and started patronizing the fifth columnists in our own rank and file.
There may be fifth columnists among the refugees but it is better that they stay here and are tracked instead of being sent back to do whatever they want against Pakistan with impunity, Durrani suggested.
He said peace was achieved because people have now stopped calling each other names and lambasting each other of being fifth columnists.
The book brings to light the Australian authorities' concerns and operations against alleged fifth columnists.