Kenneth A. Daigler


Daigler, Kenneth A. "American Covert Action in the Revolutionary War." Intelligencer 15, no. 2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007): 39-46.

A nice, easy (but unsourced) romp through the "massive covert actions ... undertaken in support of the American cause.... France, and to a far lesser degree Spain, were America's partners.... These activities were run out of the American Commission in Paris.... The role covert action played in gaining American independence ... was vital, necessary and largely successful."


[Daigler, Kenneth A.], writing under the pseudonym of P.K. Rose. "The Founding Fathers of American Intelligence." Intelligencer 11, no. 2 (Winter 2000): 9-15. [Appeared originally in Studies in Intelligence (Summer 2000).]

Vignettes of "George Washington: The First American Intelligence Chief," "John Jay: America's First Counterintelligence Chief," and "Benjamin Franklin: Master of Covert Action."

Daigler, Kenneth A. "The Penetration of America's First Diplomatic Mission." Intelligencer 18, no. 2 (Winter-Spring 2011): 25-32.

The Continental Congress's American Commission in Paris "was a counterintelligence disaster from the start.... The British coverage of the commission was highly professional, comprehensive, and aggressive.... British government failure to use this information effectively in its policy formation and implementation negated most of its value."


Daigler, Kenneth A. "Samuel Adams and the Covert Action Campaign that Led to the American Revolution." Intelligencer 16, no. 2 (Fall 2008): 37-51.

The author details the role of the Sons of Liberty and Samuel Adams in the covert action campaign to build support for seeking independence from Britain.


Daigler, Kenneth A. Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014.

Peake, Studies 58.4 (Dec. 2014), notes that the author "makes a good case" that "John Honeyman a spy" for provided General Washington. Daigler "places special emphasis on Washington's intuitively skillful use of tradecraft." This work "provides a good review of intelligence in the Revolutionary War as viewed by a professional."



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