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  • Joshua Hett Smith (1736 - 1818)
    Photo: Color postcard showing the Treason House, Stony Point Road, West Haverstraw, NY. Belmont, later known as The Treason House and also called the Joshua Hett Smith House SMITH, JOSHUA HETT. (17...
  • Arthur Lee (1740 - 1792)
    ) Dr. Arthur Lee (20 December 1740 – 12 December 1792) was a physician and opponent of slavery in colonial Virginia in North America who served as an American diplomat during the American Revo...
  • Jonathan Odell (1737 - 1818)
    Rev. Jonathan Odell, graduate of Princeton and grandson of its first president, was a physician, poet, and clergyman. He went over to the British side in 1777, and patriots promptly confiscated his pro...
  • Thomas Haines Dudley (1819 - 1893)
    Thomas Haines Dudley was consul of the United States of America in Liverpool during the American Civil War. He was instrumental in leading efforts by the Federal Government to prevent British involve...
  • Beaumarchais (1732 - 1799)
    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...

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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