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  • Lyman Kirkpatrick (1916 - 1995)
    Lyman Kirkpatrick (1916–1995) served as inspector general and executive director of the CIA. He wrote a number of books about intelligence after his retirement. Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Jr. was ...
  • Laodicea "Dicey" Springfield (1766 - 1837)
    The patriots were frequently indebted for important information to one young girl, fifteen or sixteen years old at the commencement of the war. This was Dicey, the daughter of Solomon Langston of Laure...
  • Jonathan Jay Pollard
    Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954) is an American convicted of passing classified information to Israel while working as a civilian intelligence analyst.[1] He pleaded guilty and received a l...
  • Eli Cohen (1924 - 1965)
    Eliahu (Eli) ben Shaoul Cohen (Hebrew: אֱלִיָּהוּ בֵּן שָׁאוּ...
  • Sarah Heroine of "Nili" - (1890 - 1917)
    Sarah Aaronsohn (January 5, 1890 – October 9, 1917) was a member of Nili, a ring of Jewish spies working for the British in World War I, and a sister of notable botanist Aaron Aaronsohn. Sometim...

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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