Juliet Stuart Poyntz

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We came upon her story while searching for spies by the name of Juliet, that’s J in the phonetic alphabet. It is difficult to search directly for stories of spies you do not already know—instead it’s by some fluke, association, or related interest that uncovers them. The problem is that the spy could not have been a prominent figure of their day and kept their job. In fact one would be hard pressed to write a story on a real spy that had not been caught, or defected. It should be obvious why.

The spies featured in Clandestine would not have been chosen had their careers been a success. (Of course their relationship with Numbers Stations, Shortwave Radios and One-Time Pads were of particular interest.) How many occupations do you know of where public exposure is an occupational failure? In addition, many spies who are now famous are not so because they defected. Instead, they are usually jailed, murdered, or in the case of Juliet Stuart Poyntz, simply disappear. Follow the link and read her story. It is a good example of how a public passion can become a subversive calling.

The story of espionage must be historically told.