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In espionage parlance, a cutout is a mutually trusted intermediary, method or channel of communication, facilitating the exchange of information between agents. By definition, a "cutout" does not know the source or destination the information being trasmitted, or the identities of any persons involved in the espionage process. Thus, a captured cutout cannot be used to identify members of an espionage cell. A classic example of a 'cut out' which fulfills all the required characteristics is the dead drop "postbox".

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