Espionage or spying involves an individual obtaining information that is considered secret or confidential without the permission of the holder of the information. Espionage is inherently clandestine, as the legitimate holder of the information may change plans or take other countermeasures once it is known that the information is in unauthorized hands.
Women in Espionage
Before the Second World War, it was still viewed as being unethical to have women holding any major position in war or in espionage. However, times were changing and the demand for male soldiers resulted in many women replacing them in their daily jobs. It was this increase in womens' rights, along with the tactical advantages of female spies that lead the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to employ the first British Spies in April of 1942. Their task was to transmit information from the Nazi occupied France back to Allied Forces. The main strategic reason for their implementation was because all men in France were at the risk of being interrogated by Nazi troops, and so women were a safer and less likely to arouse suspicion. In this way they made good couriers and proved equal, if not more effective than their male counterparts. The two other main areas of espionage that women were included in were Organization and Radio Operation. These were vital to the success of many operations including the main network between Paris and London.
Prominant Spies on the MUX
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