Something not done for profit but to keep the public under dark.

Edit: Not exactly what I was looking for but the word "covert" or its synonyms "clandestine" or "surreptitious" will do for now. Thanks.

  • I can't think of any examples of what you describe.
    – user6951
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 16:01
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    Could you clarify what you're asking? Right now, it's very vague. The two suggestions so far, covert and fraud, are extremely different in meaning.
    – Karen
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 16:03
  • smacks of political intrigue, iron-curtain stuff. Can't think of a simple word for it, but not voting to close it. Commented May 13, 2015 at 18:46
  • @Karen I couldn't clarify because I myself didn't know what exactly was I looking for.
    – Phoenix
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 23:27

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I would use covert:

1) concealed, hidden, disguised, or surreptitious ⇒ "a covert threat"

though it is not specific to the government, but is often used that way.

The Watergate break in was a covert operation.


Two words that come to mind are "fraud"

a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities

And "cover-up"

an attempt to prevent people's discovering the truth about a serious mistake or crime.

I don't think there is a word that is specific to the government doing this, however you could say "government fraud" or "government cover-up".

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