Some Famous spies….Part I

Spies have always been enigma for the common people. But they are normal people fighting for survival as we do. Their images outgrow the human beings they are. We will try to understand the Psyche of some spies who were famous. Just a brief one.

Mata Hari the enigma

Mata Hari, The German spy

The most famous spy of all time, and a woman? Yes folks it is not someone like James Bond who is the most famous spy. It is a woman who worked as a prostitute in Paris and spied for the Germans during World War I. Being a Dutch national helped her enter enemy territory as Netherlands was a neutral country during the War. She was a woman fighting for survival since she was an orphan. No one ever saw this angle of her life. She almost bought victory for Germany during the war. If she was not captured in January 1917 and executed, the information she was giving could have ended the war much earlier. Her code name was H-12 and her execution led to a major intelligence failure for Germany ultimately resulting in defeat.

The American spies: The Rosenbergs

The Rosenberg, Spies from the Soviet Union

The Rosenberg couple were one of the most famous spies living in America. Julius Rosenberg was a KGB agent who used to pass on Nuclear weapon secret to the Soviets during the Cold War. The famous shooting¬†of U-2 was allegedly engineered by Julius Rosenberg. The couple were caught in 1951 and a long battle in the court room ended in their execution in 1953. Ethel Rosenberg’s involvement in the spying activities was not confirmed but the court ruled against her. The only Americans to be executed as spies made them famous. Let us look into their lives a little. They were victims of Capitalization in their childhood and natural enemies of Capitalism. SO, what they did was natural.

That was some information on famous spies. More is coming in the next edition.

The Great Spy Failure

 

Do you remember the Gulf War where we saw US and UK pounding Saddam Hussein. Little do we know that the decision of US and UK to attack was based on information from 2 spies. They got a wrong information and that cost a war which took many lives. The spy with a code name of “Curveball” informed that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq which included chemical weapons and Nuclear weapons.

The Gulf War

If it was true then indeed it was a dangerous situation. US and UK could not take chances, and employed their secret agencies the CIA and MI6. But they came up with the same result. The main information which brought this war was about chemical, biological and nuclear weapons which were mobile, and could be sold to the terrorist organizations. The dictator Saddam called a secret meeting with CIA and MI6 to dispel the rumors but by then damage has been done. So who was this “Curveball” and why did the US and UK believe him. It is very simple if you look from a spy eye. The US and UK were very afraid of the terrorist organizations and were being attacked. If these organizations got hold of any weapons of mass destruction, then that would be very dangerous. This is the main ¬†reason for even their spy agencies believing the spy. It is a common proverb ” You see what you believe”. The other end of the story is who was this man Curveball? Well let me give you an insight. Curveball is now in Europe an unknown location protected by CIA and MI6. He was the elder brother of Saddam. Shocked are you? Yes folks it was another story of family feud for the crown.