Gokhan Altintas Photography et Lucie Jan : Focus on the 5 most famous spies in history

While the idea of being a « famous spy » may have style, many women have left their mark on history through their clandestine, and often risky, actions. Because the spies are not confined to being only fictional characters in the cinema, often moreover represented as femme fatales, we invite you now to discover the eight women who have really touched espionage .

Gokhan Altintas Photography - Lucie Jan : L'Espion
Gokhan Altintas Photography - Lucie Jan : L'Espion

Works of Gokhan Altintas covers prejudices about men, cinematographic scenes, landscapes across countries mainly to the Asian continent and Turkish culture – while still retaining the human element. Today zoom on the 5 most intelligent spies in history, some have lived through very troubled times, others have escaped death or worse, torture many times …

Gokhan Altintas Photography – Grand photographe et Directeur Artistique
Gokhan Altintas Photography – Great photographer and artistic director

While the idea of being a “famous spy” may have style, many women have left their mark on history through their clandestine, and often risky, actions. Because the spies are not confined to being only fictional characters in the cinema, often moreover represented as femme fatales, we invite you now to discover the eight women who really touched spying.

1 – Mata Hari

Mata Hari is a Dutchwoman born in 1876, under the name of Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, who agreed to spy on France during the First World War on behalf of Germany in exchange for 20,000 francs, which one could qualify as salutary since ‘she was in debt up to her neck.

After accepting the espionage mission entrusted by Germany in 1915, Mata Hari began to spy on the German High Command in Belgium in 1916 on behalf of France, thus becoming a double agent. Its activities ended in 1917, when the French intercepted a radio message allowing its identification. The spy was then arrested and shot, not without having first sent a flying kiss to her executioners from her firing squad, blindfolded, and pronounced these last words: “What a strange custom of the French to execute people at dawn! “.

2 – Joséphine Baker

In 1940, she enlisted as an agent of the secret services of Free France. Joséphine Baker gleaned information for a few years from the personalities she met in North Africa as well as in the Middle East, while she was living in Morocco. She carries coded messages hidden in her musical scores and enlists in the female air force forces.

In 1940, she enlisted as an agent of the secret services of Free France. Joséphine Baker gleaned information for a few years from the personalities she met in North Africa as well as in the Middle East, while she was living in Morocco. She carries coded messages hidden in her musical scores and enlists in the female air force forces.

3 – Marita Lorenz

Allemande née en 1939, le père de Marita Lorenz était un commandant de paquebot et sa mère une actrice… qui était également espionne ! Si l’on se souvient de Marita Lorenz aujourd’hui, c’est parce que cette agente de la CIA fut aussi l’amante de Fidel Castro, le grand dirigeant de Cuba, qui fut le tout premier à l’embrasser alors qu’elle n’avait seulement vingt ans. Le lider maximo reste pour elle « le plus grand amour de [sa] vie »… qu’elle fut chargée d’assassiner par les États-Unis !

Évidemment, comme vous l’aurez compris au regard de la longue vie de Fidel Castro, elle ne parvint pas à accomplir sa mission, en prétextant que l’amour qu’elle lui portait fut une extraordinaire source de dissuasion.

Aujourd’hui âgée de 78 ans, Marita Lorenz a tout de même eu une liaison avec un autre homme de pouvoir, le président vénézuélien Marcos Pérez Jiménez, duquel elle a eu un enfant.

4 – Christine Granville

Christine Granville is in fact the French pseudonym of the famous British spy (of Polish origin): Krystyna Skarbek. This lady knew how to distinguish herself by her missions successfully fulfilled in Poland as well as in Hungary during the Second World War.

As Christine Granville’s identity, she helped France on several missions with JOCKEY, a British spy network that supported the resistance.

She was murdered at the age of 44 in 1952, stabbed by the blade of Mr. Dennis George Muldowney, a former flight attendant she met on a ship, who was madly in love with her. It is unfortunately his refusal to give in to his advances that will have stopped his fate, this young steward put an end to the spy’s life out of emotional despair.

5 – Anna Chapman

While espionage strongly implies the idea of discretion, it must be said that Anna Chapman has seriously taken the opposite view in recent years. The famous Russian spy who works in the service of Vladimir Poutine even posed in undress for the light magazine Maxim!

She is the daughter of a former KGB agent, and her Anglo-Saxon name comes from her British husband who enabled her to obtain a passport marked with his Majesty’s seal. After having undergone a training as fast as it diverse provided by the Russian secret service, which included an apprenticeship in the art of passing off assassinations as accidents and suicides, she managed to enter the foreign intelligence service of the Russian Federation. Russia, where she is responsible for visiting the United States to learn about Barack Obama’s nuclear disarmament strategy in Iran.

To do this, she takes the identity of a real estate agent in New York, where she sends information to Russia from a bookstore. On July 8, 2010, the United States handed over Anna Chapman to Russia as part of a deal. The spotlight of the whole world is on her, and her beauty amazes and fascinates the big world.

Subsequently, she embraces a modeling career, and offers Edward Snowden to marry her on Twitter, a request that the American computer scientist will not follow up. Nowadays, she is on the public council of the organization Jeune Garde, close to the party of Vladimir Putin, United Russia.

Written by Gacox

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