The art of spycraft has been the inspiration for writers and filmmakers for decades. Ever since Dutch-born Mata Hari used her upper-class social connections and sexual exploits to gather information for the Germans during the First World War, the public has been fascinated with the shadowy world of spies and counterintelligence officers.

Unlike the ill-fated Mata Hari, who met her end facing a French firing squad, or Kim Philby, the high-ranking British intelligence officer who worked as a do...


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