Thursday, March 31, 2011

Notorious US spies

It has been 60 years since the trial of infamous accused Communist spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

 Infamous American Spies
No other American spies have been executed. Find out more about the Rosenbergs and learn about other spies.

Sarah Emma Edmonds
A cross-dressing spy in the Civil War, she was considered a frank and fearless soldier.
John Walker Jr.
A Navy chief warrant officer and Soviet spy, he helped the Soviets in a spy operation sometimes described as “the most damaging Soviet spy ring in history.”

Crazy Bet (Elizabeth Van Lew)
She operated a spy ring during the Civil War and was so against slavery she used her personal fortune to purchase and free relatives of her family’s former slaves.
Aldrich Ames
Ames provided intel to the Soviets, which led to the compromised spies and the execution of at least 10 U.S. sources.

Valerie Plame

A 20-year officer, Plame’s role as a CIA operative was compromised by a media leak during the U.S. war on Iraq.
Alger Hiss
Convicted of perjury and accused of being a Russian spy, Hiss was involved in the Trial of the Century during the McCarthy era.

Pauline Cushman
An American actress and a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, she was saved by Union troops three days before her scheduled hanging.
Belle Boyd
This Confederate spy was said to have given information to Stonewall Jackson, initially using her slave as a go-between. She was even awarded the Southern Cross of Honor.

Patience Wright
A spy during the American Revolution, Patience hid secret messages inside wax figures she created to pass secrets about the British to America.

Rose Greenhow
A Confederate spy, she passed secret messages to Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard. She even had help from pro-Confederate members of Congress.

Allan Pinkerton
He opened the first detective agency in America, was a spy during the Civil War and foiled a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

Mark Clark
Clark entered North Africa covertly in 1942 and provided information vital to the Allied invasion of North Africa to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower.

Josephine Baker
This American performer became a spy for France during World War II, passing on information about the Nazi regime. She was able to travel in high-society circles without raising suspicion because of her fame.

Moe Berg

He played major-league baseball for 15 seasons, but after he hung up his mitt, he found a second career as a spy during World War II.

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