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  • Col. Anthony Hungerford (1634 - 1703)
    A second son, called Colonel Anthony Hungerford, entered Nicolas's service as a secret agent in England, in the royalist interest, in 1655, in the hope, it is said, of obtaining his elder brother's est...
  • Nathaniel Sackett (1737 - 1805)
    _______________________ One of 12 children of Samuel Sackett & Hannah Hazard (birth order of Mercy and 1st Deborah is not clear) Joseph Sackett 1735 - 1757 Nathaniel Sackett 1737 - 1805 Mercy...
  • Sir Angus Wilson, KBE (1913 - 1991)
    Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson, KBE (11 August 1913 – 31 May 1991) was an English novelist and short story writer. He was awarded the 1958 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Middle Age ...
  • Alfred Dillwyn "Dilly" Knox, CMG (1884 - 1943)
    Alfred Dillwyn "Dilly" Knox, CMG (23 July 1884 – 27 February 1943) was a British classics scholar and papyrologist at King's College, Cambridge and a codebreaker. As a member of the World War ...
  • Marlene Dietrich (1901 - 1992)
    Marlene Dietrich (German pronunciation: [maɐˈleːnə ˈdiːtʁɪç]; 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German actress and singer. Dietr...

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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