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  1. gwen at |

    I found out the other day that the inventor of the theremin Mr. Theramin was a USSR spy. He would travel around the world collecting information for Mother Russia under the guise of demonstrating his new musical instrument. I found that pretty interesting.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Hi, Gwen. Great comment as always. Thanks for bringing the knowledge!

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  2. mark at |

    You should add Harriet Tubman. She didn't just help slaves escape the south thru the underground railroad, she was an astute spy for the North too.

    And even though she was black and female, she eventually was given a soldiers pension for her Civil War efforts.

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  3. JERRY at |

    IN SOME DEVIANT AND DEVIOUS MEANS AND WAYS THESE GUYS DID MORE FOR WORLD PEACE THAN MANY UNITED NATIONS' PEACE FORCES MAY HAVE DONE SO FAR.
    SPYING IS A WAY TO DIMINISH THE BURDEN OF ANXIETY, OR FEAR OF NOT KNOWING WHAT YOUR ENEMY IS UP TO, IN EITHER SIDE.
    MANY OF THESE GUYS SHOULD THE BROUGHT TO SAINTHOOD FOR SAVING LOTS OF PEOPLE'S LIVES, EXACTLY THOSE WHO DID NOT HAVE TO GO TO WAR TO DEFEND PEACE, A MAJOR BULL OF POWERFUL NATIONS' FORMS OF SUBDUING BELLIGERENCE.

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  4. Jessie at |

    i think this list is far too westernized, you should also include kawashima yoshiko, she was a Manchu princess brought up in Japan and working as a spy for Japanese. She is sometimes referred as eastern mata hari.

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  5. Michael at |

    These might be the the Top 10 spies that got caught, but what truly makes a good spy is one who never gets caught and their existence as a spy is never known.

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  6. ashley at |

    i just wanted to know so i can put them in my story i have to do so THANKS!!!!!

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  7. Laurel Gardner at |

    Fascinating information; some well-known and some new to me.

    Does anyone know the year that Elizabeth Van Lew was inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame? Her co-conspirator, Mary Elizabeth Bowser, was inducted in 1995. Incidentally, the Hall opened in 1988.

    Thanks.

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  8. Laurel Gardner at |

    Forgot to ask for followup comments via email, so again: Does anyone know the year that Elizabeth Van Lew was inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame?

    Thank you.

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  9. eran at |

    Then there was the “spy from Damascus” … Eli Cohen who was probably the greatest spy during the second half of last century

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  10. affer at |

    Sorge might not be the best known one but probably the most effective one. Because he told the Russians that the Japanese were not going to attack Russia and instead Pearl Harbor Stalin was able to move 10 fresh divisions to Stalingrad. Guess he never send a memo to Rossevelt, or maybe he did as he was itching to join the war.

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  11. Emilea latermen at |

    Wow I always wanted to be a spy but after reading this no thank you I m good as an average person

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