Britain Spied on Historians and Authors for Decades

By Gary Cutlack on at

Two British historians with known communist tendencies were spied upon for decades according to MI5 sources, with their letters, phone calls and contacts recorded just in case they tried to make us all go commie.

The data collected on  Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill shows the UK's spying agency and special branch police took notes of their calls, significantly overstepping the boundaries of the job in amassing piles of data on their personal lives as well as their political thoughts.

The papers, released via the National Archives, also show that MI5 opened files on authors and philosophers after they showed support for anti-nuclear demonstrations, with other troublesome "intellectuals" also having their communications monitored for a laugh by classic retro spies. [Guardian]