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Sunday, October 31, 2010

HAMBLETON, HUGH

A Canadian academic who worked as a NATO intelligence analyst and spied for the KGB between 1956 and 1961, Hambleton came from a left-wing, intellectual family and was identified as a Soviet agent in 1961 by Anatoli Golitsyn. He would later work at the London School of Economics and at Laval University in Quebec, but was not prosecuted, even when his home was raided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Although he had been warned that he might be arrested if he visited England, Hambleton flew to London on a visit in June 1982 and was charged with breaches of the Official Secrets Acts. He was convicted, sentenced to 10 years in prison, and eventually deported to Canada.