Mounties spied on Northrop Frye

RCMP spied on noted literary scholar Northrop Frye: newly released files
First Posted: 7/24/11 02:01 PM ET Updated: 7/24/11 06:52 PM ET

OTTAWA – Canada’s intelligence service spied on renowned literary scholar Northrop Frye, closely eyeing his involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement, an academic forum on China and efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.

Newly released archival records show the RCMP Security Service relied on a secret informant to help compile a 142-page file on the esteemed University of Toronto professor, who died in 1991 at age 78.

Every inch the owlish, bespectacled academic, Frye seems an unlikely counter-intelligence target.

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