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Encyclopedia > Double agent

A double agent is someone who pretends to spy on a target organization on behalf of a controlling organization, but in fact is loyal to the target organization. Double agents may be agents of the target organization who infiltrate the controlling organization, or may be previously loyal agents of the controlling organization who have been captured and turned by the target; the threat of execution is the most common method of turning a captured agent into a double agent.[1] Compare to defector. A defector is a person who gives up allegiance to one political entity in exchange for allegiance to another. ...


Double agents are often used to transmit disinformation or to identify other agents as part of counter-espionage operations. They are often very trusted by the controlling organization, since the target organization will give them true, but useless, information to pass along. Disinformation, in the context of espionage, military intelligence, and propaganda, is the spreading of deliberately false information to mislead an enemy as to ones position or course of action. ... Counter-intelligence ...


The term "double agent" is often used in popular media erroneously to refer to someone acting simply as a spy or secret agent. A spy simply relays information from a target to his or her controlling organization.


A triple agent pretends to be a double agent for the target organization, but in fact is working for the controlling organization all along. Usually, he keeps the trust of the target organization by feeding information to them that apparently is very important but is in fact misleading or useless.

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List of actual double agents

Some people listed here are not true double agents (as defined above), but rather (single) agents working as a mole within an intelligence organization.

Aldrich Ames Aldrich Hazen Ames (born May 26, 1941) is a former Central Intelligence Agency counterintelligence officer and analyst, who, in 1994, was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. ... The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ... The KGB emblem and motto: The sword and the shield KGB (transliteration of КГБ) is the Russian-language abbreviation for Committee for State Security, (Russian: ; Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti). ... Robert Philip Hanssen (b. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... April Fool is the codename for a spy who played a key role in the downfall of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. ... George Blake (born Georg Behar, November 11, 1922) is a former British spy who was actually a double agent for the Soviets. ... Guy Francis De Moncy Burgess (16 April 1911 – 30 August 1963) was a British-born intelligence officer and double agent who worked for the Soviet Union and was part of the Cambridge Five spy ring that betrayed allied secrets to the Soviets before and during the Cold War. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The KGB emblem and motto: The sword and the shield KGB (transliteration of КГБ) is the Russian-language abbreviation for Committee for State Security, (Russian: ; Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti). ... Mathilde Carré (1910-1970) was a French Resistance agent during World War II who turned a double agent. ... Zig-Zag was the codename of Eddie Chapman, a criminal imprisoned in Jersey for safe_breaking in Glasgow. ... Garbo was the British codename of Juan Pujol García, (1912 – 1988), a double-agent who played a key role in the success of D-Day towards the end of World War II. The false information Pujol supplied to the German command helped persuade Hitler that the main attack would... Oleg Antonovich Gordievsky (born 10 October 1938 in Moscow, Russia), was a Colonel of the KGB and KGB Resident-designate (rezidentura) and bureau chief in London, who defected to the United Kingdom. ... Matei Pavel Haiducu (18 May 1948 - 2003) was a Romanian secret agent who defected to France in 1981. ... Mikel Lejarza was a member of Spanish intelligence service. ... Katrina Leung Katrina Leung (Simplified Chinese: 陈文英; Traditional Chinese: 陳文英; Hanyu Pinyin: ) is a Chinese American native of Los Angeles, California who is a businesswoman and an accused spy. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Samuel Morland Sir Samuel Morland (1625 – 30 December 1695) was a notable English academic, diplomat, spy, inventor and mathematician of the 17th century, a polymath credited with early developments in relation to computing, hydraulics and steam power. ... Mutt and Jeff were spies who worked for Britain and MI5 and were members of the Double Cross System. ... Arthur George Owens (died 1976) was a Welsh electrical engineer who acted as a double agent during World War II. He was working for MI5 while appearing to the Abwehr (the German intelligence agency) to be one of their agents. ... Harold Adrian Russell Kim Philby or H.A.R. Philby (OBE: 1946-1965), (1 January 1912 – 11 May 1988) was a high-ranking member of British intelligence, a communist, and spy for the Soviet Unions NKVD and KGB. In 1963, Philby was revealed as a member of the spy... Obe can mean: Obe, in Afghanistan Ebenezer Obe, a Nigerian musician. ... Tricycle was the codename of both Dusko Popov (Душко Попов), and the spy network with which he was involved. ... Sir Richard Willis (sometimes spelt Willys) (13 January 1613/1614 to December 1690) was a notable figure of the English Civil War and its aftermath. ... Mata Hari, exotic dancer and convicted spy, made her name synonymous with femme fatale during World War I. For the Indonesian supermarket/department store chain, see Matahari. ... Denis Donaldson (left) pictured with Bobby Sands Denis Martin Donaldson (Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1950 – April 4, 2006 in Donegal, Republic of Ireland) was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and Sinn Féin who was exposed in December 2005 as an informer in the employ of MI5... Alfredo (Freddie or Frederick) Scappaticci was exposed in the Irish & British media on 11 May 2003, as being a high-level double agent in the Provisional IRA (PIRA), known by the codename Stakeknife. ... Steakknife (sometimes written as Steak knife or incorrectly as Stakeknife[1]) is the code name of a spy who infiltrated the Provisional IRA, at a high level, as a double agent working for the top secret British Force Research Unit. ... Freckles are small brownish spots of melanin on human skin in people of fair complexion, predominantly found on the face. ... Yi Sunsin (April 28, 1545 – December 16, 1598), also commonly transliterated Yi Sun-shin or Yi Soon-shin, was a Korean naval leader noted for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598) during the Joseon Dynasty. ...

Fictional double agents

Colby Granger (portrayed by Dylan Bruno) was a rookie FBI agent and Chinese spy in the TV show Numb3rs, who joined the team in the second season. ... Numb3rs (Numbers; officially NUMB3RS) is an American television show produced by brothers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. ... The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a novel by Tom Clancy, featuring his character Jack Ryan. ... Robin Hood and Maid Marian (poster, ca. ... Robin Hood is a British television programme, produced by independent production company Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC One, with co-funding from the BBC America cable television channel in the United States. ... In the science fiction series Stargate SG-1, Col. ... Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated as SG-1) is a science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise. ... Colonel Robert F. Makepeace is a character on the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, played by the actor Steve Makaj. ... Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated as SG-1) is a science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise. ... Colonel Frank Simmons USAF is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1. ... Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated as SG-1) is a science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise. ... Albert Wesker is a central character in Capcoms Resident Evil series. ... The Resident Evil logo used for the Nintendo GameCube remake. ... Ada Wong is a recurring video game character appearing in the Resident Evil video game series. ... The Resident Evil logo used for the Nintendo GameCube remake. ... Jonathan Jack Donahue Bristow, played by Victor Garber, is Sydney Bristows father on the television series, Alias. ... Alias was an American Spy-fi television series created by J. J. Abrams that aired on ABC from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006. ... Kabuto Yakushi ) is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Naruto created by Masashi Kishimoto. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Shonen Jump BANZAI! Shonen Jump Weekly Comic Original run November 1999 – Ongoing No. ... Kingsley Shacklebolt is a member of the Order of the Phoenix in the Harry Potter series of books. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... This article is about a character from the television show Alias. ... Alias was an American Spy-fi television series created by J. J. Abrams that aired on ABC from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... This article is about the original Metal Gear Solid released for the PlayStation. ... Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (commonly abbreviated MGS3) is a stealth-based game directed by Hideo Kojima, developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2. ... Roodaka Roodaka is a character from LEGO Bionicle storyline. ... For the Australian rules football player, see Samuel Fisher. ... Severus Tobias Snape is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... Sydney Anne Bristow (born 17 April 1975), played by Jennifer Garner, is the main character on the television series Alias. ... Alias was an American Spy-fi television series created by J. J. Abrams that aired on ABC from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006. ... The Boss is a nickname for several people: Tony Danza, Whos the Boss? actor George Steinbrenner, New York Yankees owner Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey rock musician Josef Stalin, Party leader of the Soviet Union The Boss/The Joy/Voyevoda, a character in Metal Gear Solid 3, a video game... Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (commonly abbreviated MGS3) is a stealth-based game directed by Hideo Kojima, developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2. ... Vesper Lynd is a fictional character of Ian Flemings James Bond novel Casino Royale. ... Casino Royale by Ian Fleming was the first James Bond novel. ... Teen Titans redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 24 is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and produced by Imagine Television. ... Nefertari Vivi ) is a fictional character from the anime and manga series One Piece. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Monthly Shonen Jump Carlsen-Verlag Original run August 4, 1997 – (ongoing) No. ... Alex Krycek is a fictional character played by Nicholas Lea on the FOX television series The X-Files. ... The X-Files is a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. ... Arvin Sloane, played by Ron Rifkin, was the former director of SD-6 on the television series, Alias. ... Alias was an American Spy-fi television series created by J. J. Abrams that aired on ABC from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006. ... Ryoji Kaji (加持リョウジ Kaji Ryōji) is a fictional character from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion and The End of Evangelion movie. ... Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996 No. ... John Simon is a major character in the online graphic novel Demonology 101. ... Demonology 101 is an online graphic novel written and drawn by Faith Erin Hicks, from December 2001 to June 2004. ...

Events in which double agents played an important role

Walsinghams Decypherer forged this cipher postscript to Marys letter to Babington. ... Combatants United States United Kingdom Canada Free France Poland Germany Commanders Dwight Eisenhower (Supreme Allied Commander) Bernard Montgomery (land) Bertram Ramsay (sea) Trafford Leigh-Mallory (air) Omar Bradley (US 1st Army) Miles Dempsey (UK 2nd Army) Harry Crerar (Canadian 1st Army) Gerd von Rundstedt (OB WEST) Erwin Rommel (Heeresgruppe B... Stormontgate is the name given to the controversy surrounding an alleged Provisional Irish Republican Army spy-ring based in Stormont, the parliament building of Northern Ireland. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ...

See also


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Double agent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (354 words)
A double agent pretends to spy on a target organization on behalf of a controlling organization, but in fact is loyal to the target organization.
Double agents may be agents of the target organization who infiltrate the controlling organization, or may be previously loyal agents of the controlling organization who have been captured and turned by the target; the threat of execution is the most common method of turning a captured agent into a double agent.
Double agents are often used to transmit disinformation or to identify other agents as part of counter-espionage operations.
Agent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (232 words)
Agent (grammar), one of the thematic roles: the participant of a situation that carries out an action
Agent provocateur, A person assigned to provoke unrest, violence, debate, or argument by or within a group while acting as a member of the group but covertly representing the interests of another
Agent noun (or nomen agentis), one of the derivatemes (a topic from linguistic morphology)
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