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Why Did Rose O’Neal Greenhow Go to Jail?

When the Civil War started, there were strict gender roles for women. But this also worked well for those who worked as confederate spies. Authorities caught on when women started behaving unladylike. It became more difficult for women to cross state lines without being searched, which eventually led to several arrests. Women spies were rarely …

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Who was the Spanish Double Agent for the UK in World War II?

Espionage was a crucial factor in winning the Second World War. All the major countries that participated in the war invested heavily in military intelligence and had spies operating all across the globe. But do you know who was one of the most popular double agents during World War II?  Juan Pujol Garcia, known as …

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Elizebeth Smith Friedman, America’s first female cryptanalyst, worked as a code breaker who successfully broke up a Nazi spy ring across South America during the 1940s. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover took credit for her work until reports were declassified in 2008.

How Codebreaker Elizebeth Friedman Broke Up a Nazi Spy Ring Armed with a sharp mind and nerves of steel, Elizebeth Smith Friedman (1892–1980) cracked hundreds of ciphers during her career as America’s first female cryptanalyst, successfully busting smugglers during Prohibition and, most notably, breaking up a Nazi spy ring across South America during the 1940s. …

Elizebeth Smith Friedman, America’s first female cryptanalyst, worked as a code breaker who successfully broke up a Nazi spy ring across South America during the 1940s. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover took credit for her work until reports were declassified in 2008. Read More »