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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.
"Are you becoming the fifth columnist of China in this country?
I was obviously totally unaware that the BBC is some kind of corporate fifth columnist acting at the behest of the European Union and its malign intentions but when he asserts that, "Nobody can deny that its (the BBC's) political programmes are heavily biased against the leavers on the Brexit question", I am puzzled, especially when he claims that the corporation has played a "major" part in the destruction of Nigel Farage's political career.
Has their ranks been infiltrated by a fifth columnist? Whose interest are the members of the so-called Fifth columnists out to protect?
In my bleaker moments I seriously wonder whether Theresa May is not a Fifth Columnist, working on behalf of the EU.
GCC states, representing the region's last bastion of security are right to pull up the drawbridge on fanatics espousing cultish creeds and fifth columnist enemies of the state.
I am no fifth columnist. I am a North-Easterner who wants us to take this opportunity to strengthen the region's voice at Westminster and in Brussels.
Today, while Spurs entertain Liverpool at White Hart Lane, Graham will again be abused by a section of supporters accusing him of being a Highbury fifth columnist and demanding "their Tottenham" back.
But Sturrock was more angry about the "fifth columnist" fans.
If she is a fifth columnist, then she has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the Muslim Brotherhood.
That doesn't mean our PM is a fifth columnist for the Nationalists.
The terse statement, which described those behind the plot as the fifth columnist in the Presidency, read thus: 'While we do not want to believe that some agent provocateurs are planning to undermine the peace processes of the present Government when the agitation for the relocation of oil companies' head offices to the Niger Delta is still stirring the tempest.
Is that slightly shady looking bloke at No 21 a fifth columnist in the pay of the Tree and Hedge Growth squad?
Lhc Cf DECEIVED But Cameron is saving Britain because he's a Unionist rather than an upper class Labour Fifth Columnist.