Canadian authorities believe a man arrested on alleged espionage charges belongs to the Russian intelligence service, according to court documents released Tuesday.
The man was taken into custody by the Canada Border Services agency on Nov. 14, after authorities said a man identified as Paul William Hampel was in fact a foreign national suspected of engaging in acts of espionage that threatened Canadian security.
In documents filed in Federal Court in Montreal before the man appears in court on Wednesday, Canadian Security Intelligence Service officials said they had grounds to believe Hampel is a member of the Foreign Intelligence Service in Russia.
They said Hampel had used a false birth certificate to claim Canadian citizenship and recommended that he be deported.
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