Spies

When we talk of spies, one of the first names that come to mind is that of Mata Hari, the exotic dancer and high class prostitute in Paris who spied for Germany during World War I. However not many spies--people who engage in spying, espionage or clandestine operations—are as glamorous as she was. Sir Francis Walsingham, the principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England who lived centuries before Mata Hari is believed to be the spymaster who developed several of the modern espionage methods. The 19th century spy Pyotr Ivanovich Rachkovsky was chief of Okhrana, the secret service in Imperial Russia who achieved considerable success in controlling Russia’s growing revolutionary movement by way of his political operations. Central Intelligence Agency counterintelligence officer and analyst turned spy Aldrich Hazen Ames compromised a large number of CIA agents—second only to those betrayed by Robert Hanssen, who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States for 22 years. Former intelligence analyst for the United States government Jonathan Jay Pollard spied for and provided top-secret classified information to Israel. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous spies from all over the world.
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 1 Eli Cohen

Eli Cohen
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: December 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Egyptian, Israeli
Died: May 18, 1965
Israeli spy Eli Cohen is remembered for his espionage activities from 1961 to 1965 in Syria, where he served as the chief advisor to the defense minister. He was eventually convicted and publicly hanged. His story later inspired the Netflix miniseries The Spy and the TV film The Impossible Spy.

 2 Ian Fleming

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Famous As: Author of James Bond Series
Birthdate: May 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: August 12, 1964

Ian Fleming was a British writer, naval intelligence officer, and journalist. Fleming is credited with creating one of the most popular characters of all time, James Bond. His James Bond series of novels have sold more than 100 million copies, making them one of the best-selling fictional book series in history. Jamaica’s Ian Fleming International Airport is named after him.

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 3 Mata Hari

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Famous As: Dutch exotic dancer
Birthdate: August 7, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: October 15, 1917
Mata Hari was a Dutch courtesan and exotic dancer, charged with spying for Germany during World War I. She was executed by a firing squad in France, and her head was preserved in a museum, but later went missing. The “femme fatale” has been immortalized in many films and books.

 4 Ethel Rosenberg

Ethel Rosenberg
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: September 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 19, 1953
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 5 Robert Hanssen

Robert Philip Hanssen
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Famous As: Former FBI Agent & Spy for the Soviet Union
Birthdate: April 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 6 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
Nationality: American
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 7 Hiroo Onoda

Hiroo Onoda
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Famous As: Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence officer
Birthdate: March 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 16, 2014
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 8 Virginia Hall

Virginia Hall
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Famous As: American Spy
Birthdate: April 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 8, 1982
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 9 Giacomo Casanova

Giacomo Casanova
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Famous As: Womanizer
Birthdate: April 2, 1725
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 4, 1798

 10 Tony Mendez

Tony Mendez
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Famous As: CIA Officer
Birthdate: November 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 19, 2019
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 11 John André

John Andre
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Famous As: 18th Century British Army Officer & Spy
Birthdate: May 2, 1750
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: October 2, 1780

 12 Klaus Fuchs

Klaus Fuchs
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Famous As: Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy
Birthdate: December 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: January 28, 1988
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 13 John Cairncross

John Cairncross
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Famous As: British civil servant
Birthdate: July 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: October 8, 1995

 14 Peggy Shippen

Peggy Shippen
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: July 11, 1760
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 24, 1804

 15 Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale
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Famous As: American Martyr
Birthdate: June 6, 1755
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 22, 1776

 16 Anna Chapman

Anna Chapman
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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: February 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Russian
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 17 John O. Brennan

John O. Brennan
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Famous As: Intelligence official
Birthdate: September 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 18 Clyde Tolson

Clyde Tolson
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Famous As: Associate Director of the FBI
Birthdate: May 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 19 Donald Maclean

Donald Maclean
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: May 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: March 6, 1983

 20 Ramón Mercader

Ramón Mercader
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Famous As: Leon Trotsky's Killer
Birthdate: February 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Spanish
Died: October 18, 1978
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 21 E. Howard Hunt

E. Howard Hunt
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 23, 2007

 22 Ursula Kuczynski

Ursula Kuczynski
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: May 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: July 7, 2000
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 23 Duško Popov

Duško Popov
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Famous As: Double agent
Birthdate: July 10, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Yugoslav, Serbian
Died: August 18, 1981

 24 David Greenglass

David Greenglass
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: March 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 1, 2014
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 25 Theodore Hall

Theodore Hall
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 1, 1999

 26 Edwin P. Wilson

Edwin P. Wilson
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: September 10, 2012

 27 James Armistead Lafayette

James Armistead Lafayette
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: December 10, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 9, 1830

 28 Luis Posada Carriles

Luis Posada Carriles
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Famous As: Intelligence agent
Birthdate: February 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Cuban
Died: May 23, 2018
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 29 Peter Wright

Peter Wright
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Famous As: Intelligence officer
Birthdate: August 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: April 27, 1995

 30 John Vassall

John Vassall
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: September 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: November 18, 1996
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 31 Josef Jakobs

Josef Jakobs
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: June 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, Luxembourgian
Died: August 15, 1941

 32 Konon Molody

Konon Molody
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Famous As: Soviet spy
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 9, 1970
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 33 George Koval

George Abramovich Koval
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Famous As: U.S. Born Soviet Spy
Birthdate: December 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Died: January 31, 2006

 34 Belle Boyd

Belly Boyd
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Famous As: Confederate Spy in the American Civil War
Birthdate: May 9, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 11, 1900
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 35 Sarah Emma Edmonds

Sarah Emma Edmonds
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: November 30, 1841
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: September 5, 1898

 36 Elizabeth Van Lew

Elizabeth Van Lew
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: October 12, 1818
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: September 25, 1900

 37 Alan Nunn May

Alan Nunn May
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: May 2, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: January 12, 2003

 38 Israel Beer

Israel Beer
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: October 9, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Israeli
Died: May 1, 1966

 39 Pearl Cornioley

Pearl Cornioley
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Famous As: British wartime agent
Birthdate: June 24, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: February 24, 2008

 40 Lydia Barrington Darragh

Lydia Barrington Darragh
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Famous As: War Heroine
Birthdate: 1729 AD
Nationality: Irish, American
Died: December 28, 1789

 41 Edward Bancroft

Edward Bancroft
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 20, 1745
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, American
Died: September 7, 1821

 42 Lafayette C. Baker

Lafayette C. Baker
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Famous As: Investigator
Birthdate: October 13, 1826
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 3, 1868

 43 Herbert Philbrick

Herbert Philbrick
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: May 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 1993

 44 Ralph McGehee

Ralph McGehee
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 2020

 45 Laurence Oliphant

Laurence Oliphant
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 3, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: December 23, 1888

 46 George Reginald Starr

George Reginald Starr
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Famous As: Secret agent during World War II
Birthdate: April 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: September 2, 1980

 47 Avraham Shalom

Avraham Shalom
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Famous As: Intelligence agent
Birthdate: July 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, Israeli
Died: June 19, 2014

 48 Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins

Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins
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Famous As: Courtier
Birthdate: 1642 AD
Nationality: French
Died: December 5, 1722

 49 William Lithgow

William Lithgow
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Famous As: Traveler
Birthdate: 1585 AD
Nationality: Scottish
Died: 1645 AD

 50 Robert Ferguson

Robert Ferguson
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Famous As: Pamphleteer
Birthdate: 1637 AD
Nationality: Scottish
Died: 1714 AD
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