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  • Nancy Wake (1912 - 2011)
    Nancy Grace Augusta Wake AC, GM (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011) served as a British agent during the later part of World War II. She became a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French...
  • Benjamin Franklin Ficklin (1827 - 1871)
    Benjamin Franklin Ficklin (1827–1871) was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1849. He is famous for his help in starting the Pony Express and for establishing other stag...
  • Doña Manuela Sáenz (Libertadora del Libertador) (c.1797 - 1856)
    Doña Manuela Sáenz (December 27, 1797 (or possibly 1795) – November 23, 1856) was a revolutionary hero of South America and the mistress of the South American revolutionary leade...
  • Diana Rowden MBE (1915 - 1944)
    Diana Hope Rowden MBE (31 January 1915 – 6 July 1944) was a Special Operations Executive (SOE) member who was executed in a Nazi concentration camp. Early life Born in England, the daughte...
  • Vera Leigh (1903 - 1944)
    Vera Leigh (born Vera Glass on 17 March 1903 in Leeds, England - died 6 July 1944) was a member of the French Resistance and a British SOE agent during World War II. In 1944 she was captured by the G...

For fictional spies, see Spy fiction‎.

Spies or secrect agents are individuals who obtain information that is considered secret or confidential without the permission of the holder of the information. The act of spying, or espionage, is inherently clandestine, as it is taken for granted that it is unwelcome and, in many cases, illegal and punishable by law. It is a subset of intelligence gathering - which otherwise may be conducted from public sources and using perfectly legal and ethical means.

Notable spies

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