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Counterintelligence: Benedict Arnold
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Benedict Arnold was an early American hero of the Revolutionary War who later became one of the most infamous traitors in U.S. history after he switched sides and fought for the British. In 1779, he begun secret negotiations with the British to surrender West Point to them in exchange for money and a command in the British army, but his plot was soon exposed. Arnold escaped to British lines before he could be arrested, and later died in London June 14, 1801.
As the War for Independence waged on, American General Benedict Arnold struggled to cope with increasing financial debt and injury. He had taken massive loans to marry the beautiful Peggy Shippen, and received a bullet in the leg in battle. Feeling disrespected, Arnold, with the whisper of his loyalist wife in his ear, decides that perhaps he could spy for the British. And in the process, make enough money to pay off his debts
With his new post at West Point, American turncoat Benedict Arnold plots to hand over the fort over to British general Henry Clinton. But Arnold's trust in the wrong people, and careless tradecraft, leads to his undoing. And the loss of his potentially lucrative payout
Video-- Benedict Arnold
American Revolution Institute. James Kirby Martin discusses the truths and legends of Benedict Arnold. 2016.
Video-- The Treason of Benedict Arnold
Historian Dennis M. Conrad discusses the treason of Benedict Arnold. 2016.