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Profiles

  • Joseph Martin (1760 - 1835)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA - NORTH CAROLINA (Soldier, Spy).   DAR Ancestor #: A074372
  • Wilhelm Franz Canaris (1887 - 1945)
    Wilhelm Franz Canaris (1 January 1887 – 9 April 1945) was a German admiral, and chief of the Abwehr, the German military intelligence service, from 1935 to 1944. During the Second World War, he ...
  • Noel Field (1904 - 1970)
    Noel Field (January 23, 1904 – September 12, 1970) was an American spy for the NKVD, whose activities before and after WWII allowed the Eastern Bloc to use his name as prosecuting rationale ...
  • Arthur Owens (1899 - 1957)
    Arthur Graham Owens, later known as Arthur Graham White (14 April 1899 – 24 December 1957) was a Welsh double agent for the Allies during the Second World War. He was working for MI5 while app...
  • Steve Pieczenik
    Steve R. Pieczenik, MD, PhD (born December 7, 1943) is an American psychiatrist, former United States Department of State official, author, and publisher. Early life and education Pieczenik was b...

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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