Famous 21st Century Spies

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Hiroo Onoda
(Japanese Army intelligence officer)

Hiroo Onoda
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Birthdate: March 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kainan, Wakayama, Japan
Died: January 16, 2014
Hiroo Onoda was a Japanese intelligence officer who had served in World War II and was the penultimate Japanese soldier to surrender. He hid in the Philippines for 29 years, unable to figure out the war had ended, until he was officially relieved from duty. He later wrote an autobiography.

Robert Hanssen
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Birthdate: April 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Robert Hanssen is a former FBI agent who was convicted of spying against the U.S., for the Russian intelligence agencies. Hanssen reportedly sold countless classified documents containing U.S. nuclear and military strategies. He pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. He eventually received 15 life sentences, without parole.

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Anna Chapman
(Media Personality)

Anna Chapman
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Birthdate: February 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia

Anna Chapman is a Russian intelligence agent, media personality, and model. In 2010, she was arrested in US as part of the Illegals Program spy ring. She was later deported to Russia as part of a prisoner swap. Since her return, she has hosted TV shows, worked as a catwalk model, and served as the head of a youth council.

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Clyde Tolson
(Associate Director of the FBI)

Clyde Tolson
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Birthdate: May 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laredo, Missouri, United States
Died: April 14, 1975

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Aldrich Ames
(Former CIA Officer & Agent for the Soviet Union & Russia)

Aldrich Ames
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Birthdate: May 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: River Falls, Wisconsin

Aldrich Ames is a former CIA officer who later became a KGB double agent. He was convicted of spying and is currently serving a life sentence. He allegedly worked as a Soviet spy and revealed classified CIA data. He inspired the 1998 film Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within.

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Oleg Gordievsky
(Secret Double Agent)

Oleg Gordievsky
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Birthdate: October 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Former Soviet security agent Oleg Gordievsky’s 11-year stint as a secret agent with the British intelligence service MI6 resulted in him being labeled a traitor and sentenced to death by Russia. The author of KGB: The Inside Story now lives alone, in a high-security zone in a British suburb.

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E. Howard Hunt
(Author, Intelligence officer)

E. Howard Hunt
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Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, New York, United States
Died: January 23, 2007
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Noshir Gowadia
(Spy, Engineer)

Noshir Gowadia
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Birthdate: April 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

David Greenglass
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Birthdate: March 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: July 1, 2014

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Edwin P. Wilson
(Businessman)

Edwin P. Wilson
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Birthdate: May 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nampa, Idaho, United States
Died: September 10, 2012

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Miles Copeland, Jr.
(Musician, businessman, CIA founder)

Miles Copeland, Jr.
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Birthdate: July 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: January 14, 1991

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Eileen Nearne
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Birthdate: March 15, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 2, 2010

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Pearl Cornioley
(British wartime agent)

Pearl Cornioley
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Birthdate: June 24, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 24, 2008

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Alan Nunn May
(Physicist)

Alan Nunn May
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Birthdate: May 2, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: January 12, 2003

British physicist Alan Nunn May went down in history as a traitor who betrayed Britain and the U.S. by passing on confidential information about the Manhattan Project, or the development of the atom bomb, to the Soviet Union, as a spy. Sentenced to 10 years of hard labor, he served 6.

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Luis Posada Carriles
(Intelligence agent)

Luis Posada Carriles
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Birthdate: February 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Died: May 23, 2018

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Avraham Shalom
(Intelligence agent)

Avraham Shalom
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Birthdate: July 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 19, 2014

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Won Jeong-hwa
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: North Korea

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Ralph McGehee
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Birthdate: April 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: United States
Died: May 2, 2020

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Benjamin Thomas Wolf
(Former FBI Agent)

Benjamin Thomas Wolf
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Kent, Ohio