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5 Most Infamous Spymasters

Throughout history humans have developed a certain mistrust of one another, stemming from finite resources and growing populations putting a strain on peaceful co-existence to polarized ideologies too

Throughout history humans have developed a certain mistrust of one another, stemming from finite resources and growing populations putting a strain on peaceful co-existence to polarized ideologies too hard to reconcile. Whatever the reason for tension and mistrust, humans continue to practice it unabated. One form of this mistrust manifests itself in the art of espionage. Since the dawn of time tribes, city states, and modern day sovereign nations have engaged in the shadowy act of spying on one another. A never ending cycle of snooping in on neighbors and vice-versa. No one can be too sure who's telling the truth, so the insurance policy of espionage is kept alive. In the midst of this hopelessly entangled web of intrigue and deceit are the men and women of the espionage trade craft. The professionals who get the job done, collecting and analyzing field data. Among them are the spymasters, a class of über spies that run the show, directing field agents into great feats of theft, deception and information collection, and at times delving into the action themselves, leading by example.

5 Eli Cohen

4 J. Edgar Hoover

3 Laverntiy Beria

2 Sir Francis Walsingham

1 Markus Wolf

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