Harry Sporborg

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Person.png Harry SporborgRdf-icon.png
(spook, lawyer, financier, deep politician)
Died1985 (Age 80)
Member ofShield
Spook alleged to have envisaged Operation Gladio.

Harry Sporborg was deputy head of the Special Operations Executive under Colin Gubbins during World War Two.[1] He is not widely known, but as it is alleged that he came up with the idea later known as Operation Gladio, he was may well have been a key member of the European Deep State.


He was a partner in Slaughter and May from 1935-1946. He was reportedly "decorated by four governments for his war time services".[2]

Harry Sporborg was a lawyer in London who became vice-chief of SOE during World War II, working alongside Sir Charles Hambro. It has been suggested that he envisaged the "stay-behind" units which were to be realised as Operation Gladio.[3]

Later activities

Later he was a long-serving director of Hambros Bank.[4]

In 1953, Harry Sporborg (together with Airey Neave) was reportedly one of the founding trustees of the (former SOE volunteer) Sue Ryder's eponymous charity.[5]

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