Patriot spy Ben Franklin: Evidence suggests he may have worked for both sides while in Europe

Cross, Peter
October 2006
Military History;Oct2006, Vol. 23 Issue 7, p13
The article presents intriguing possibilities involving the role of Benjamin Franklin as a spy of the British colonies in the U.S. during the eighteenth century. In May 1775, like many who worked hard to rid the colonies of British influence, he had opposed the Stamp Act of 1776 and the concept of taxation without representation. Upon returning to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Franklin began his career as an intelligence agent, heading the newly created Committee of Secret Correspondence set up by the Continental Congress.


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