List of famous spies with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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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.
Eli Cohen Eli Cohen
Egyptian, Israeli

Hiroo Onoda Hiroo Onoda
Japanese

Nathan Hale Nathan Hale
American
Tony Mendez Tony Mendez
American

Belly Boyd Belle Boyd
American

John O. BrennanJohn O. Brennan
American

John CairncrossJohn Cairncross
British
Edwin P. WilsonEdwin P. Wilson
American

David GreenglassDavid Greenglass
American
Theodore HallTheodore Hall
American

Elizabeth Van LewElizabeth Van Lew
American

Konon MolodyKonon Molody
Canadian
Ursula KuczynskiUrsula Kuczynski
German
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John VassallJohn Vassall
British
Sarah Emma EdmondsSarah Emma Edmonds
Canadian, American

Ethel RosenbergEthel Rosenberg
American

Alan Nunn MayAlan Nunn May
British

Edward BancroftEdward Bancroft
British, American
Lafayette C. BakerLafayette C. Baker
American

Israel BeerIsrael Beer
Israeli

Herbert PhilbrickHerbert Philbrick
American

Peter WrightPeter Wright
British

Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des UrsinsMarie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins
French
Avraham ShalomAvraham Shalom
Austrian, Israeli

Robert FergusonRobert Ferguson
Scottish
Thomas DangerfieldThomas Dangerfield
British

Robert J. LamphereRobert J. Lamphere
American

Pearl CornioleyPearl Cornioley
French
Donald MacleanDonald Maclean
British

Laurence OliphantLaurence Oliphant
British
William LithgowWilliam Lithgow
Scottish

Lydia Barrington DarraghLydia Barrington Darragh
Irish, American