Famous American Spies

Did you know that the spy films that you just can’t get much of are actually more or less virtual presentation from real life episodes? Do you know that howsoever it may seem to be too good to be true, spies actually exist? Though Hollywood has glorified the image of spies in the virtual world, spies in the real world rarely get their worth. They risk their life for their country and play the greatest role in gathering valuable information both for peace and war but rarely get acknowledged for their deeds. Every country in the world has its own list of spies who have given much to their nation at the cost of even death and their American counterparts are no less. While talking of American spies the first name that strikes the mind is that of Nathan Hale. He is famously known as the first American spy. Hale voluntarily served as espionage during the Battle of Long Island. Other prominent names include James Armistead Lafayette who became the first African American double agent, Belle Boyd who served during the American civil war. Check this segment and find out in detail about famous American spies who provided top-secret classified information to America about their rival nations and groups.

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 1 Robert Hanssen

Robert Hanssen.
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Famous As: Former FBI Agent & Spy for the Soviet Union
Birthdate: April 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago

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.

 2 Ethel Rosenberg

Ethel Rosenberg.
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: September 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 19, 1953
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 3 Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale.
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Famous As: American Martyr
Birthdate: June 6, 1755
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coventry, Connecticut
Died: September 22, 1776

 4 Peggy Shippen

Peggy Shippen.
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: July 11, 1760
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 24, 1804

 5 Aldrich Ames

Aldrich Ames.
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Famous As: Former CIA Officer & Agent for the Soviet Union & Russia
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.

 6 Tony Mendez

Tony Mendez.
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Famous As: CIA Officer
Birthdate: November 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eureka, Nevada, United States
Died: January 19, 2019

 7 Clyde Tolson

Clyde Tolson.
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Famous As: Associate Director of the FBI
Birthdate: May 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laredo, Missouri, United States
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 8 E. Howard Hunt

E. Howard Hunt.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, New York, United States
Died: January 23, 2007

 9 Virginia Hall

Virginia Hall.
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Famous As: American Spy
Birthdate: April 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died: July 8, 1982
Virginia Hall worked as a spy, with the U.K. and the U.S., in France during World War II, under the alias Marie and Diane. Her main objective was to conduct espionage for the Allies, against the Nazi regime and the Axis powers. After the war ended, she joined the CIA.

 10 David Greenglass

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

 11 James Armistead Lafayette

James Armistead Lafayette.
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: December 10, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Kent County, Virginia, or Elizabeth City
Died: August 9, 1830

 12 Theodore Hall

Theodore Hall
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 1, 1999

 13 Belle Boyd

Belle Boyd.
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Famous As: Confederate Spy in the American Civil War
Birthdate: May 9, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Martinsburg, Virginia
Died: June 11, 1900

 14 Edwin P. Wilson

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

 15 Elizabeth Van Lew

Elizabeth Van Lew
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: October 12, 1818
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: September 25, 1900

 16 Lafayette C. Baker

Lafayette C. Baker
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Famous As: Investigator
Birthdate: October 13, 1826
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stafford, New York, United States
Died: July 3, 1868

 17 Herbert Philbrick

Herbert Philbrick
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: May 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rye, New Hampshire, United States
Died: August 16, 1993

 18 Ralph McGehee

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

 19 Robert J. Lamphere

Robert J. Lamphere
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Famous As: Intelligence officer
Birthdate: February 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wardner, Idaho, United States
Died: January 7, 2002

 20 Benjamin Thomas Wolf

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Famous As: Former FBI Agent
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Kent, Ohio