North Korean spies stationed abroad have to receive training on how to shop in supermarkets, use credit cards and visit clubs, as these amenities are not commonplace in North Korea.
Driving while drunk destroyed the Soviet spy network in the UK. After being arrested in London in 1971, Oleg Lyalin panicked and offered the names of every Russian spy. The UK government expelled 105 people from the country, and the USSR network in Britain “never recovered”.
A French man fell in love with someone he thought was a female Chinese opera singer, and had a decades-long affair that resulted in a child… only to discover that the whole time the singer had actually been male and a spy.
In 1997, four years before being arrested for spying for the KGB, Robert Hanssen was caught using a password cracker on a federal computer. When asked about this, he said that he was simply trying to install a color printer, and so he needed the administrator password. They believed him.
The most wanted person in Nazi Germany was a pretty, 32 year old woman from New Zealand. Known to the Gestapo as “The White Mouse,” this woman worked for the French Resistance, during which she fought several German soldiers, commanded a group of guerrilla fighters, and even killed a Nazi commander with her bare hands. She was the most decorated woman of World War II.
Actress Greta Garbo worked as a spy for the Allies during World War II and made plans to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The plan fell through only when the Swedish government prevented her from traveling to Germany.
During the American Civil War, a woman named Sarah Edmonds acted as a Union spy. During the war, she operated under at least three different aliases, stole valuable information for the North, and even killed several Confederate spies in hand-to-hand combat.
In 1987, North Korea ordered a spy to blow up a South Korean Airliner in an attempt to stop the South Korean hosted Olympics. Although the Olympics still went on, the mission was a success and all 115 passengers aboard the plane were killed.