DISLOYALTIES THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY
Added on: 6th Jun 2015
THE DOUBLE AGENT (WILLIAM SEBOLD)
Thought to be a German spy during World War II, Sebold was actually
a double agent for the United States and worked for the FBI.
Because of him, the FBI was able to wire the radio station that was a
main channel of communication between the Abwehr and German spies
in New York, enabling the US to identify the names of dozens of
these German Spies spread in America. His counterespionage also enabled
the capture of the 33 German Agents of the Duquesne Spy Ring, the
largest espionage case in the US that ended in convictions.
THE CHARMING SPY (FRITZ JOUBERT DUQUESNE)
Duquesne is one of the prominent members of the Duquesne Spy Ring
which was dubbed the largest espionage conviction in the United States.
He was a German spy that relayed significant amounts of information
regarding Allied weaponry and shipping movements to Germany and
was responsible for numerous murders and arson. One of his greatest
achievements as a spy was the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916.
DUTCH PROFESSOR TURNED SPY
(CHRISTIAAN SNOUCK HURGRONJE)
Snouck was one of the first western scholars to infiltrate the Islam
culture and join the pilgrimage to Mecca, enabling him to gather
intelligence under the name “Haji Abdul Ghaffar”. However, he used his
knowledge of the Islamic and Aceh culture to quell Muslim Aceh resistance
in the Dutch East Indies. Because of his espionage, the Dutch were able
to devise strategies to crush the resistance and impose a Dutch colonial
rule in Aceh resulting to almost 100,000 deaths.
SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (VIDKUN QUISLING)
Before his treachery against his country, Quisling served as a Norwegian
Minister of Defence. He founded the Nasjonal Samling, which became
a puppet government by the Nazis when they invaded Norway in 1940.
He was responsible for a number of embezzlement and murders for
Germany during this time. When Germany surrendered in 1945,
he was executed for high treason.
A CHANGE OF SIDES (WANG JINGWEI)
This Chinese politician was initially a member of the left wing of
anti-communist Kuomintang and became extremely rightist after his
political efforts with the CCP turned ugly. When the Japanese invaded in
1937, he was offered a position, which he gladly took as head of state of
the Japanese puppet government until he died.
BECAUSE OF UNRECOGNIZED EFFORTS (BENEDICT ARNOLD)
Arnold was an American general during the American Revolutionary
War that immensely contributed to the success of the Americans
during numerous battles. However, other officers claimed all his
accomplishments, prompting him to sell West Point to the British.
After the plan was exposed in 1780, Arnold fled and became a
brigadier general of the British Army.
THE CATHOLIC TREASON (GUY FAWKES)
Contributing to the “largest one act of treason in English history”,
Fawkes was a member of the group of English Catholics who
started the failed treason plan, the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. He joined
against the Protestant Dutch and fought for the Spanish in the
Low Countries during the Eighty Years’ War. He was part of the plan to
assassinate King James I by guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder but
was found by the authorities, sentencing him to death by hanging.
THE GREEK TRAITOR (EPHIALTES OF TRACHIS)
Ephialtes became infamous in Greece after he betrayed his country to
the Persians in 480 BC. During the Battle of Thermopylae, he led the
Persian army to a path that gave access to behind the Spartan’s line,
hoping for a reward from the Persian leader, Xerxes. However, he reaped
not a reward but a bounty on his head. He was killed later on and
his name became synonymous with treason and nightmare.