Tuesday, January 5, 2010

10 Famous Spies

A list of 10 famous spies.
  1. Mata Hari (1876-1917) famous exotic dancer known to have had relationships with military officers. She came from neutral Netherlands. She was arrested by the British in 1916, who were convinced she worked for the French. She was later arrested by the French as a German spy. She was tried and executed. There is considerable doubt as to her guilt. She is said to have said before her execution 'Harlot yes, but traitor, never'
  2. Garbo - One of the most successful British agents who double crossed the Germans sending false information to German intelligence. Helped fool Germany into thinking main invasion would be at Calais and not Normandy. Masterminded by John Cecil Masterman.
  3. Guy Burgess (1911-1963). Cambridge student who became a committed Communist and a spy for the Soviet Union. He fled to the Soviet Union in 1951
  4. Donald Maclean (1913-1983) Another member of the British spy ring. Donald Maclean was at the heart of the British establishment and a noted art critic.
  5. Kim Philby The most active member of the Cambridge spy ring.
  6. Richard Sorge (1895-1944) Half russian, half German. He became a committed Communist and spied for the Soviet Union in Japan. He famously discovered Japan's plan to attack Pearl Harbour in December 1941
  7. John Walker (1937. A US naval officer who spied for the Soviet Union from 1968 to 1985, selling state secrets to fund his gambling debts. His said to have earned over $1million. Eventually caught by FBI and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  8. Rose O'Neal Greenhow (1817-1864) Rose O'Neal lived in Washington when the civil war broke out. However, she sympathised with the confederacy and used her contact to pass on information to the Southern armies.
  9. Odette Sanson was one of many female secret agents who risked their lives to enter into occupied France during WW2. Worked as radio operator before being captured by the Nazi's and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp where she survived the war.
  10. Violette Szabo another British female agent sent to occupied France during World War

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