Definition of graymail in US English:



  • A tactic used by the defense in a spy trial, involving the threat to expose government secrets unless charges against the defendant are dropped.

    • ‘Graymail is a defense gambit not available to most criminal suspects.’
    • ‘The risk of graymail can arise in various circumstances.’
    • ‘But I suspect there's a very good reason behind not going to trial and seeking a death penalty, and that's the phenomenon of ‘graymail.’’
    • ‘To call this graymail or blackmail is to demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of criminal jurisprudence.’
    • ‘Instead, the court's decision, though formally upholding the review requests of the United States and NATO, provides a roadmap for defendants to pursue graymail strategies in the future.’