A type of cover for clandestine professionals to operate undiscovered, supported enough to withstand intense and or long-term scrutiny.
A backstopped identity is a well established false but seemingly true identity that’s backed by verifiable background details, history and solid data.
A fake identity is typically just a single or a few pieces of fraudulent / counterfeit physical identification documents such as driver’s licenses and passports. However, these can only pass visual inspection as they are not linked to any network or database.
A backstopped identity typically encompasses a portion of a subject’s “verifiable” life. Physical identification documents are officially made and linked to the relevant networks or databases.
On paper, a backstopped identity is a real identity.
Furthermore, the identity is constructed (backstopped) with extensive but varying degrees of supporting historical data, personal records and other safely scrutinizable documentation – as well as accounts and social media activity.
Additionally, human assets may be installed or embedded in key positions to further establish cover.
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