Spymaster

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A spymaster is the person that leads a spy ring, or a secret service (such as an intelligence agency).

Historical spymasters[edit]

Name Allegiance Agency/Organization/Service
Alfred Redl  Austria-Hungary;
 Russian Empire[note 1]
Evidenzbureau
Allan Pinkerton  United States Union Intelligence Service
Allen Dulles  United States Central Intelligence Agency
Armand Jean du Plessis (Cardinal Richelieu)  Kingdom of France
Benjamin Tallmadge  United States Culper Ring
Bhola Nath Mullik  India Intelligence Bureau
Dai Li  Republic of China National Revolutionary Army
David Kimche  Israel Mossad
Donald Nichols  United States 6004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron
Emanuel Sueyro  Spain
Francis Walsingham  Kingdom of England
George Washington  United States Continental Army
Gustav Steinhauer  Germany Nachrichten-Abteilung
Hamid Gul  Pakistan Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence
Hugh Montgomery  United States Central Intelligence Agency
Isser Harel  Israel Mossad
Ivone Kirkpatrick  United Kingdom British Army
James Jesus Angleton  United States Central Intelligence Agency
John Thurloe  Commonwealth of England
Kang Sheng Communist Party of China[note 2] Central Department of Social Affairs
Lavrentiy Beria  Soviet Union NKVD
Mansfield Smith-Cumming  United Kingdom Secret Intelligence Service
Manuel Piñeiro  Cuba Dirección de Inteligencia
Mao Renfeng  Republic of China Bureau of Investigation and Statistics
Markus Wolf  East Germany Main Directorate for Reconnaissance
Michael Collins  Irish Republic Irish Republican Army
Pyotr Rachkovsky  Russian Empire Okhrana
R. N. Kao  India Research and Analysis Wing
Sándor Goldberger (alias J. Peters)  Soviet Union
Semyon Semyonov  Soviet Union NKVD
Shen Zui  Republic of China Bureau of Investigation and Statistics
Vera Atkins  United Kingdom Special Operations Executive
Wang Puchen  Republic of China Bureau of Investigation and Statistics
Wilhelm Canaris  Germany Abwehr
William J. Donovan  United States Office of Strategic Services
William Stephenson  Canada British Security Co-ordination
William Wickham  United Kingdom
Yuri Modin  Soviet Union NKVD
Zhou Enlai Communist Party of China[note 2] Special Service section of the Central Committee
Urban Work Committee of the Central Committee

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Redl was appointed as the head of counterintelligence at the Evidenzbureau, the Austro-Hungarian military intelligence organization in 1907. However, Redl was already compromised by Russian agents c. 1900, and provided information to the Russian Empire until he was caught by Austro-Hungarian authorities in 1913.
  2. ^ a b Years of service as a spymaster with the Communist Party of China predates the foundation of the People's Republic of China (1949)