Famous British Historian Claims Benjamin Franklin Was A British SpySubmitted by Bob-45 on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 16:26
By Richard Deacon, author of "A History of the British Secret Service," as told to Tom McMorrow.
(Originally published in Argosy magazine, July 1970, pp. 34 ff).
England’s infamous Hell-Fire club, a band of orgy-loving rakes, doubled as the center of British espionage during the American Revolution. According to the author’s evidence, Franklin was a member in good standing known to the British Secret Service as "Agent No. 72."
IF GEORGE WASHINGTON was the father of our country, Benjamin Franklin is at least entitled to be considered its uncle. Every family has its grand old Uncle Ben – not stern and austere like Father George, but a puckish old knee dandler who invents things, has traveled to exotic lands and is whimsically wise in counsel.
Such is the image of Benjamin Franklin, statesman, philosopher, scientist and framer of our Declaration of Independence. As portrayed on the Broadway stage in the inspired musical drama, "1776," he wins ovations at every performance and sends the audience home feeling warmed and re-Americanized.
And if, in his vintage years, this colorful old uncle entertained a grand-nephew or grand-niece with tall tales of the days when he was Agent 72 of the British Secret Service, how they must have goggled and gasped.