Juan Pujol

(1912—1988) spy

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(1912–88), Spanish-born British double agent codenamed GARBO—because the British considered him the best actor in the world—and ARABEL by the Germans.

When Pujol first approached the British to work for them he was rejected. He then approached the Germans, sensibly reasoning that if he was in Abwehr pay he would become an offer the British could hardly refuse, and tricked the local Abwehr into believing he was sending them messages from England. One happened to be perilously close to the truth and his apparent presence in the UK, revealed by ULTRA intelligence, caused MI5 great consternation until his true whereabouts, and his true allegiance, became known, and he was then taken from Portugal to the UK.


From The Oxford Companion to World War II in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Second World War.

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