George Washington defeated the British empire, not with his "ragtag Army," but with his extensive network of spies.
That's according to Eugene Poteat, a retired senior CIA executive who began to research the history of espionage decades ago.
"Washington had his spies everywhere," said Poteat, who helped establish the International Spy Museum in Washington. "He set up the most effective intelligence operation this country has ever seen."
Poteat lives in McLean, but was in Fredericksburg Saturday to address a group keenly interested in the exploits of the father of our country.
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