Jeremy Corbyn has become embroiled in a furore over allegations that he apparently unwittingly met with a communist spy during the Cold War.
The Sun is reporting that the Labour Party leader met with an intelligence operative from then-Soviet Czechoslovakia multiple times during the 1980s, and cites Czech government files that list him as one of the security team’s “sources.”
But a spokesperson for the Labour Party dismissed the report, telling the paper that Corbyn met with a Czech diplomat but did not provide any privileged information. Soviet spies are known to lie about their sources, casting doubt on the files’ veracity, they said.
“The claim that he was an agent, asset or informer for any intelligence agency is entirely false and a ridiculous smear,” the spokesperson said. “Like other MPs, Jeremy has met diplomats from many countries. In the 1980s he met a Czech diplomat, who did not go by the name of Jan Dymic, for a cup of tea in the House of Commons.
“Jeremy neither had nor offered any privileged information to this or any other diplomat.During the Cold War, intelligence officers notoriously claimed to superiors to have recruited people they had merely met. The existence of these bogus claims does not make them in any way true.”
The Sun reported that the files said Corbyn met with the agent three times, twice in the House of Commons. The left-wing politician is alleged to have “passed on material about the arrest of an East German.” He is allegedly referred to in the files by the code-word “COB.”
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