The Liberation of Marguerite Harrison

America’s First Female Foreign Intelligence Agent

  • American aid officials reluctant to help

    September 20, 2020 by

    Marguerite faced three charges—the old espionage charge, entering the country illegally, and a new spying charge. She was completely cut off from the outside world. Unlike the first imprisonment, when she received aid packages, this time she heard no news, received no letters. Her relatives struggled to persuade U.S. officials to fight for her freedom… Read more

  • Was Marguerite really on a secret mission?

    September 16, 2020 by

    Marguerite wrote two accounts of her second Russian imprisonment. In both, she described being interrogated repeatedly by a man named Roller, who tried to make her confess that she was spying in Siberia. He told her that she would be tried in secret and, if found guilty, she could receive the death sentence. In her… Read more

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