Arthur Owens

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Arthur Graham Owens, later known as Arthur Graham White (14 April 1899 – 24 December 1957) was a Welsh electrical engineer who acted as a mole during World War II. He was working for MI5 while appearing to the Abwehr (the German intelligence agency) to be one of their agents. Owens was known to MI5 by the codename SNOW. He was allocated this codename as it is a partial anagram of 'Owens'.

Recruitment by the Germans

Owens ran a company that made batteries for ships. As such he was a civilian contractor for the Royal Navy and also had regular contact with the Kriegsmarine in Kiel, and his first contact with espionage occurred in 1936 when he had been briefly employed by the Secret Intelligence Service to give information on what he had seen in the German shipyards. In 1938, Nikolaus Ritter, operating as an Abwehr agent in Britain under the name 'Dr Rantzau', made contact with him. As a supporter of Welsh nationalism, Owens was a relatively easy target for turning into an enemy agent as he had little loyalty to the United Kingdom. His work also provided a cover for any foreign trips he might have to make, and he visited Germany that year where he met the Abwehr and was recruited. While Owens appreciated the payments for his espionage, his real interest was sexual as the Abwehr provided attractive women for him. His codename in the Abwehr was 'Johnny'.


However, on his return to Britain Owens had second thoughts about working for Germany and told the British...
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