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  • John Horace Ragnar Colvin, CMG (1922 - 2003)
    John Horace Ragnar Colvin, CMG, (Tokyo, Japan 18 June 1922 - London, 4 October 2003) was a British sailor, intelligence officer, banker and military historian. Family The Colvin family had a long...
  • Violette Szabo (1921 - 1945)
    Violette Szabo was a World War II French-British secret agent. Szabo was the second woman to be awarded the George Cross, bestowed posthumously on 17 December 1946. The Croix de Guerre was awarded by...
  • Pvt. Henry Misner (1759 - 1848)
    Private Henry Misner; During the Revolutionary War, Henry was an Indian spy warning settlers of pro-British Indian attacks. He fought in the Battle of Chemung (or Newtown). Henry Misner lived to be...
  • Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (1821 - 1890)
    Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, lin...
  • Amos Gates (1799 - 1883)
    Texas State Historical Association GATES, AMOS (1799–1883). Amos Gates, said to be the first settler in Washington County, was born in Kentucky on July 25, 1799, the son of William Gates. Th...

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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