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World War II intelligence files released by Britain's National Archives in September, 2014. (Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

British Files Reveal Secrets of WWII Spies, Traitors

Newly released WWII files confirm the existence of a legendary seductive spy and reveal more about one of Britain’s most notorious traitors.

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Fooling Hitler: The Elaborate Ruse Behind D-Day

As the 70th anniversary of D-Day nears, learn about the sophisticated hoax that fooled the Nazis and laid the groundwork for the Normandy invasion.

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Prisoner Exchanges Across the Bridge of Spies, From Powers to Shcharansky

Francis Gary Powers, one of several Cold War prisoners exchanged across Berlin’s Glienicke Brücke bridge, was released 50 years ago today.

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10 Spies Who Aren’t Household Names

Explore the lives of 10 daring and intriguing covert agents you might not have read about in history books.

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Remembering Albert Szent-Györgyi

September 16 marks the 118th birthday of Albert Szent-Györgyi, a Hungarian-born physiologist and biochemist who is honored in today’s Google Doodle.

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CIA Declassifies Invisible Ink Recipes and Other Spy Documents From World War I

The CIA has declassified World War I-era documents that contain invisible ink formulas, instructions for steaming open envelopes and other spying techniques.

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World War II Memo Cracked by Allies Found

Volunteers at the former codebreaking center Bletchley Park have found a memo proving the success of the Allies’ game-changing deception campaign during World War II.