25 of the Greatest Traitors in History

This video lists 25 acts of betrayal and those who carried them out. Motives range from religious – including Judas Iscariot and Guy Fawkes – through possibly political – for example, William Siebold – to simply the desire for money or power – such as Mir Jafar. Also featured is famous British traitor Harold Cole, who helped build the French Resistance in World War II, only to sell its secrets, and more, to the Nazis.

They are taken from nations as far apart as Norway (Vidkund Quisling) and Mexico (Doña Marina) and periods from 480 BCE (Ephialtes of Trachis) to 1994 (Aldrich Ames).

It is easy to see how the course of history would have been different without the actions of these people.

I graduated in English language and literature with Latin subsidiary. I write poetry, act, and have worked in reference and educational publishing for decades. I was commissioned in 1994 to write The Ladybird Book of Kings and Queens, did extensive editing and writing for Harraps 20th-century History series, and was one of the contributors to Helicon's Book of the Millennium, a 4-volume children's world history book.