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    Pierre - Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais , né le 24 janvier 1732 à Paris où il est mort le 18 mai 1799 ; homme d'affaires français, musicien, poète et dramaturge, il e...
  • Malcolm Muggeridge (1903 - 1990)
    Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge (24 March 1903 – 14 November 1990), was a British journalist, author, media personality, and satirist. As a young man, Muggeridge was a left-wing sympathiser but he l...
  • Wilbur Crane Eveland (1918 - 1990)
    Wilbur Crane "Bill" Eveland III (July 1, 1918 – January 2, 1990) was a World War II veteran, a CIA station chief, and critic of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. His autobiographical boo...
  • Meredith Gardner (1912 - 2002)
    Meredith Knox Gardner (October 20, 1912 – August 9, 2002) was an American linguist and code-breaker. Gardner worked in counter-intelligence, decoding Soviet intelligence traffic regarding espi...
  • Colonel David de Crespigny Smiley LVO, OBE , MC & Bar (1916 - 2009)
    Colonel David de Crespigny Smiley, LVO, OBE, MC & Bar (11 April 1916 – 9 January 2009) was a British special forces and intelligence officer. He fought in the Second World War in Palestine, ...

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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