Labour adviser counsels Jeremy Corbyn over commie spy 'smear'
The Sun's splash about Corbyn's activities in 1986 reads a bit like a John Le Carré novel.
Jeremy Corbyn met a communist spy at the height of the Cold War, according to secret files obtained by The Sun.
In a bold splash, the paper also claims that Corbyn was given the code-name COB and that he was put on a list of Czechoslovakian state security team’s agents and sources.
But the Labour leader has strongly dismissed the story, with a spokesman insisting: “The claim that Jeremy Corbyn was an agent, asset or informer for any intelligence agency is entirely false and a ridiculous smear."
They added: "In the 1980s he met a Czech diplomat... for a cup of tea in the House of Commons. Jeremy neither had nor offered any privileged information to this or any other diplomat.”
It is not clear whether the leader’s team plan to press the matter any further, but one former Labour adviser suggested that Corbyn could take a leaf out of his predecessor Michael Foot’s book if he really believes that the story is nonsense.
“When the Sunday Times falsely accused Michael Foot of being a Soviet ‘agent of influence’ he sued, won, and bought a new kitchen,” said Paul Richards, who served as a special adviser to Hazel Blears and Patricia Hewitt.
“I assume Corbyn will now do the same with the Sun?”
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