Since my books in The Locket series, Deception and The Locket, are rife with stories of secret agents, double agents, and their exploits, I thought it would be prudent to speak about America’s first spymaster.
When we are children in elementary school we get the story year after year, Presidents’ Day after Presidents’ Day, about George Washington and that ever love and cherry tree. If you don’t already know, that story was made up by a minister of an unknown denomination whose name I never knew to beef up the creds of George Washington, like he needs beefing up!
So, just to make this clear there was no cherry tree and George Washington was one of the best and most consummate liars in the history of our country. He started helping the Americans by using misinformation, much as Ian Richardson and the British did in the book Deception. One of his tricks was to make sure that the British intercepted information about how many barrels of gunpowder, how many sacks of flour, how many pairs of boots the Americans had.
This deliberate misinformation was a calculated risk taken by the upper echelons of the American Army during the Revolution. Because certainly it might have backfired and the British would have known the truth about the poorly provisoned Americans.
Gen. Clinton, one of the highest ranking of the British said in his memoir, “The American Army didn’t out to fight us, they out spied us.”
Above the door of the CIA in Langley Virginia is a quote from George Washington.
“There is nothing more necessary than good intelligence
to frustrate a designing enemy, & nothing requires greater pains to obtain.”
If you would care to see a middle grade book that I wrote about George Washington, the Culper Ring, and the beginning of a spy network in America, send your email to Kathryn @Scarborough books.com, and I will be delighted to send you a sample.