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Nathan Hale: The Skillful Spymaster Of Washington

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Based on his previous military experience, Washington had a simple view of intelligence gathering: Send someone to observe the enemy and bring back the information. In 1776, Nathan Hale, a handsome young captain from Connecticut, volunteered to spy on the British in New York. He was arrested and executed within a week. Washington eventually authorized a network of agents who could spy while in the city on a legitimate business. Only by unlearning his own experience and ignoring what seemed obvious to him did Washington become a skillful spymaster.
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