The Evolution of Espionage in America
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From the American Revolution to the cyber revolution, spies among us have caused lasting damage to the national security of the United States. This digital exhibit provides an account of America’s history with espionage and sabotage, from notorious traitors such as Benedict Arnold and Aldrich Ames, to lesser-known figures who aided our enemies at the most perilous of times. The art of espionage is an evolving one, adapting to new technologies and geopolitical conditions, yet often driven by human motivations – including greed, ideology, and revenge – that have changed little over the course of 250 years. Learning these lessons of the past is the foundation of safeguarding our future.

Harrison, a civil war soldier
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