Surprising 7: Mata Hari, the most famous spy of all times

The exotic dancer Mata Hari was sentenced to death for espionage. In fact, her espionage activities were not as extensive and successful as suggested by the legend created around her. Some of her biographers claim that she was trained in a German spy academy for 15 weeks; however, it is hard to believe that the Germans wasted their time by training a woman recognised throughout Europe and producing a tremendous sensation anywhere she went. However, Mata Hari got caught up in the struggle of French and German intelligence and has fallen victim to them.

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