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POLL: Most Famous Spy in History


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Tom Bryant writes:

Another one, or group would be The John A Walker spy ring that hand WAAAAY to many secrets about US sub operations to the Soviets in the 1980's. Can't believe they didn't hang Johny Walker Red for that.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Aldrich Ames
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0%
 
Mata Hari
105
60%
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other (explain)
2
1%
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George Washington
6
3%
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Mansfield Cummings
2
1%
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Rose O'Neal Greenhow
0
0%
 
Klaus Fuchs
3
2%
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no opinion
8
5%
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Julius Rosenberg
1
1%
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Major John Andre
7
4%
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Sidney Reilly
19
11%
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Virginia Hall
0
0%
 
Giacomo Casanova
2
1%
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James Armistead Lafayette
0
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Kim Philby
16
9%
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Baden-Powell
3
2%
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Richard Sorge
2
1%
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Shi Pei Pu
0
0%
 
Frederick Joubert Duquesne
0
0%
 
POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP remarks:

Espionage and military matters clearly go hand in hand. Therefore some interest in the often sordid world of spying could be seen as natural in this site.

I wonder who you would nominate as being amongst the most famous spies in history?

There are a lot to choose from: Mata Hari, Richard Sorge (whose information gave the USSR the opportunity to send its Siberian forces to stop Hitler), John Andre, Casanova et al.

My nomination would be Mansfield Cummings who founded what became MI6. A wonderful eccentric, he would stab his wooden leg during interviews with spying candidates to gauge their reactions. His WWI organization pioneered or developed many of the SOPs of the world of spying.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.