Well-‘red’: MI5 spied on prominent academics ‘for decades’, secret docs show

Well-‘red’: MI5 spied on prominent academics ‘for decades’, secret docs show

British intelligence services, including MI5, secretly spied on a number of prominent academics with socialist leanings “for decades,” including Oxbridge dons Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawm, secret files disclosed on Friday show.

The historians were among a number academics at the UK’s top universities who were placed under rigorous surveillance by the security services after officers became concerned about their supposed ‘communist’ leanings.

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