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In the United States, the answer is certainly Benedict Arnold.

Outside the US, however, that name is not terribly well known. The most famous traitor in the English-speaking world is probably Guy Fawkes, of the 1605 "Gunpowder Plot" against King James I of England.

The most famous political traitor in all of human history, however, is Marcus Junius Brutus, a close personal friend of Julius Caesar and one of the ringleaders in the plot to assassinate him. So complete was his betrayal, that Caesar's last words are said to have been, "Et tu, Brutae?" Literally, "You too, Brutus?"

Of course, the most well known traitor of all doesn't come from politics, but from religion: Judas Iscariot, the Apostle of Jesus of Nazareth who turned him over to the Sanhedren to be tried and executed.

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