List of American spies

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This is a list of spies who engaged in direct espionage. It includes Americans spying against their own country and people spying on behalf of America.

American Revolution era spies[edit]

Spied for America[edit]

Culper Ring[edit]

Spied for the Crown[edit]

Double agents[edit]

American Civil War era spies[edit]

Union Spies[edit]

Confederate Spies[edit]

American World War One era spies[edit]

American World War Two era spies[edit]

American Cold War era spies[edit]

Spied for America[edit]

Spied for USSR[edit]

Post-Cold War spies[edit]

Spied on Russia for America[edit]

Spied on America for Russia[edit]

  • The Russian 10 - included: Richard and Cynthia Murphy, Juan Lazaro, Vicky Pelaez and Anna Chapman [13]

American Gulf War era spies[edit]

Americans who spied for foreign countries[edit]




Defense Intelligence Agency[edit]

Armed Forces[edit]


Federal Contractors[edit]


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  13. ^ "FBI: 10 Russian Spies Arrested in U.S.". 
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