JEREMY Corbyn met a communist spy at the height of the Cold War and warned him of a clampdown by British intelligence, according to secret files obtained by The Sun.
Mr Corbyn was vetted by Czech agents in 1986 and met one at least three times — twice in the Commons, it was claimed.
UPP:Universal Pictorial Press and Agency Jeremy Corbyn held meetings with Soviet-backed spies at the height of the Cold War
Czech State Security Archive Jeremy Corbyn mentioned as a source as part of a spy file
Earlier today a spokesman for the Labour leader said he met a diplomat, but never knowingly talked to a spy.
But expert Prof Anthony Glees said: “It shows breathtaking naivety from someone who wants to head the British Government.”
The Soviet-backed spies had a simple code-word for their new-found comrade Jeremy Corbyn: COB.
According to secret files, he passed on material about the arrest of an East German and was allegedly put on a list of Czechoslovakian state security team’s agents and sources.
Files detail the a House of Commons meet with comrade ‘COB’
Reports noted in 1986 he was: “Negative towards USA, as well as the current politics of the Conservative Government.”
His attitude towards Eastern Bloc countries was “positive” and he was “supporting the Soviet peace initiative”.
And he was “very well informed” of people in contact with “anti-communist agencies”, according to the files.
The files obtained by The Sun are also likely to be in the hands of Vladimir Putin’s Secret Service.
News Group Newspapers Ltd It is claimed Jeremy Corbyn met one Czech spy at least three times — twice in the Commons during the height of the Cold War
Czech State Security Archive Secret files reveal meet-ups in 1986
He dismissed as a smear any claims he was an informant and said he had never “offered any privileged information to this or any other diplomat”.
But Cold War expert Professor Anthony Glees, of the Oxford Intelligence Group, said: “These files show Jeremy Corbyn had been targeted by Czech intelligence services.
“Mr Corbyn says he didn’t know, but it shows breathtaking naivete from someone who wants to head the British government.
“These files show there was contact between Corbyn and a Czech intelligence official, even if he did not know it.
Czech State Security Archive A file report notes ‘Jeremy Corbyn – contact established’
“At the time dissidents were under attack and being imprisoned in Czechoslovakia. In the struggle between the dissidents who were trying to overthrow the communist government and the Czech government, Corbyn is working on the side of the Czech government.
“The Czechs were interested in anti-communists and they are using Corbyn for immediate operational information useful to them.”
Czechoslovakia, then a puppet state of the Soviet Union, relied on a secret police force known as the Statni Bezpecnost or StB.
Mr Corbyn was allegedly sought out because they believed he was well informed about “persons who are in contact with the anti-communist agencies” — potentially other politicians understood to be working for MI5 and MI6.
Rex Features According to secret files Corbyn was put on a list of Czechoslovakian state security team’s agents and sources
The papers claim he was vetted by agents and met one, Lieutenant Jan Dymic, at least three times including twice in the Commons.
The files, unearthed from the StB archive in Prague, indicate he was initially approached in 1986 through activists Tony Gilbert and Sandra Hodgson of the ultra-left wing Liberation movement.
The four are said to have met on November 25 in the Commons.
In his report, Lt Dymic states Corbyn “showed interest in further meetings”.
An assessment of the first contact including the heading: “Interests, hobbies, behaviours, pres-entation, personality traits”. The note reads: “Owns dogs and fish.
“Behaviour is reserved and courteous, however, occasionally explosive (when speaking in defence of human rights), though the performance is calm and collected.”
‘Tell all’ call
JEREMY Corbyn should make public his links to people who could have been working for Soviet intelligence agencies, an expert said earlier today.
Prof Anthony Glees, of the Oxford Intelligence Group, said: “I would ask Corbyn, ‘Did he think people working in the Czech embassy might be working for the Czech intelligence agency’?
“It is a criminal offence to knowingly engage with a hostile foreign state’s intelligence agency. No doubt he didn’t know. But even if he thought they were just government embassy staff, this was a repressive communist state — it’s despicable to be meeting with them.
“Jeremy Corbyn should insist any archival material held on him in the East German or Czech archives be made public.
“He needs to do this so he can be seen as a fit and proper person to be Prime Minister.”
Rex Features Czechoslovakia was a puppet state of the Soviet Union and relied on a secret police force
Spies noted his phone number and home address, then Finsbury Park, North London.
A memo marked “Top Secret” and dated December 9 is titled: “Jeremy Corbyn — Contact established.”
The files say in January 1987 agents in Prague authorised his vetting and he was signed off by the head of department in the Czech Ministry of Interior. Two months later he was given the codename COB.
A second meeting was said to have been held on July 3 in the MP’s constituency office alongside a member of the Czech Communist party’s central committee.
More Commons talks with Lt Dymic on October 24 were dclaimed to have followed “to strengthen mutual recognition and the deepening of trust”.
Powerful cop force spied for regime
COMMUNIST Czechoslovakia relied on a web of security services to crush all opposition to socialism — chief among them the hated secret police.
The Statni Bezpecnost or StB kept hundreds of thousands of files on agents, informers, and targets of surveillance.
Its spies monitored millions of Czechs and Slovaks daily, reporting to the communist regime.
Thousands of ordinary Czechs were murdered by the regime, aided by the StB. Dissidents calling for freedom were rounded up and thrown in jail.
The StB was so powerful it even stole babies from ordinary families to give to agents’ childless wives. The agency was dissolved in 1990 after the collapse of communism.
The Czech is then said to have raised concerns in the 90minute meeting over British intelligence actions against their own agents and allied East German spies in the UK.
Mr Corbyn allegedly provided a copy of a Sunday People article about a bungled MI5 investigation into suspected Stasi spy Ulrich Kempf — and warned of possible increased British security measures.
At the end of the meeting, according to the files, Dymic proposed to carry on with Corbyn and focus “on issues along foreign counter-intelligence and the so-called high-risk areas”.
At this point the StB archive breaks off and there is no further material recording contact with Mr Corbyn.
Hammer ‘not a pal’
MR Corbyn has previously denied knowing a top Czech spy linked to the Labour Party.
Brit Cynthia Roberts, code name Agent Hammer, ran the Labour Action for Peace (LAP) group from a Commons office.
She stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate before moving to Prague in 1985. She wrote dossiers for her Czech State Security spymasters and went on special missions.
Mr Corbyn went on to become LAP president. When Roberts was exposed as a spy in 2008, he said: “I don’t know Cynthia Roberts at all.”
But the files claim he was the 326th coded source listed in Operation Obrana — meaning “defence”.
Prof Glees said: “It’s one thing for people to be naive and go to a cocktail party and drink too much.
But to have a series of meetings at which hot political topics are discussed including persons who are in ‘contact with anti-communist agencies’ is naive.”
Former Czech Republic military intelligence chief Andor Sandor, who joined the Czech army in 1986 and served as a military attache in the UK in the 90s, said: “These kinds of operation are typical.
“The Russians had first deployed their SS-21 missiles in Europe during the 80s and America deployed Cruise missiles in the UK.
“These officers would be working undercover in the Czech embassy in the UK and would approach left-wing politicians who supported the peace movement. They tried to establish contacts with left-wing politicians and Labour was a very left-wing party in the 80s.”
PA:Press Association A Labour spokesman said Jeremy Corbyn has met a diplomat but never knowingly talked to a spy
Tory grandee Malcolm Rifkind, a former chair of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, said: “If these documents are genuine, which they appear to be, then there is a serious case for Mr Corbyn to answer.”
However a spokesman for Mr Corbyn insisted: “The claim that he was an agent, asset or informer for any intelligence agency is entirely false and a ridiculous smear.
“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.
Fear over Stasi file
AN EAST German secret police file on Jeremy Corbyn is being kept under lock and key.
It was drawn up when he was granted access by the state in the 1970s.
The Stasi archives office can release records on important figures of “contemporary history”.
But it has refused a request on Mr Corbyn, saying he does not meet that criteria.
Experts called on the Labour leader to officially ask for his file and reveal its contents. They fear he could otherwise be vulnerable to blackmail.
Mexican Oil Shake-up Likely If Frontrunner Wins Presidency Top Adviser
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s presidential frontrunner is not opposed to foreign investment in the country’s oil, a top adviser said, but his government would make dramatic changes to energy strategy, including a new focus on refining rather than crude exports.
In perhaps the most significant change envisioned by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the favorite to win the July 1 election, Mexico would seek to end decades of exporting crude in three years, a lawmaker who Lopez Obrador has tapped to be his future energy minister said in an interview.
Instead, Mexico should turn its focus to producing value-added fuels, processing crude domestically to produce more gasoline and diesel at refineries owned by state oil company Pemex, Rocio Nahle told Reuters late on Wednesday.
Reporting by David Alire Garcia,
Haiti Suspends Oxfam Gbs Operating Right Amid Misconduct Probe
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti has temporarily revoked Oxfam Great Britain’s right to operate in the Caribbean country after allegations of sexual misconduct by some of the charity’s staff there, Planning and External Cooperation Minister Aviol Fleurant said on Thursday.
The British aid organization has been rocked by allegations that staff, including a former Haiti country director, used prostitutes during a relief mission after a devastating earthquake hit the island nation in 2010.
Fleurant said the suspension was ordered due to “serious failings” by Oxfam Great Britain between 2010 and 2011, and that a definitive decision on its ability to operate in Haiti would be made in two months following a review of the evidence.
“If during the two month-long investigation I find out there is a link between the aid funds that Oxfam received on behalf of Haiti and the crime that has been committed, we will … declare Oxfam Great Britain persona non grata and they would have to leave the country without further delay,” Fleurant said.
Haiti’s Minister of Planning and External Cooperation Aviol Fleurant shows a document after a meeting with Oxfam International Regional Director for Latin America, Simon Ticehurst, and Oxfam Intermon Executive Affiliate Unit head, Margalida Massot, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Martinez CasaresAlain Lemithe, a lawyer representing Oxfam Great Britain, called the decision to suspend the charity “hasty and political”, saying that it was not based on clear evidence of wrongdoing.
“For example, they accused the organization of sexual abuse and use of minors,” Lemithe said. “Those are very serious allegations which until now have never been proven.”
Slideshow (3 Images)In a separate statement, Fleurant accused Oxfam staff of committing acts of “sexual abuse” and exploitation.
The minister said Oxfam Great Britain had “deliberately omitted” to alert Haitian authorities about the alleged misconduct, thereby allowing perpetrators to escape justice.
Allegations of misconduct surfaced through media investigations and an internal Oxfam report. Fleurant said the revelations had besmirched the “honor and dignity” of Haiti’s people.
The suspension of the charity’s right to operate did not apply to Oxfam Canada, he said.
Brit Newlywed Jon Udall Dies 12 Days After Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash That Killed Three Other Brits And Left His Bride ‘critical’
A NEWLYWED has become the fourth Brit to die in a horrifying Grand Canyon helicopter crash.
Jon Udall has died 12 days after the shocking accident – his new wife, Ellie Milward, is still in a critical condition in hospital.
Jon Udall and his wife Ellie – the pair were on their honeymoon in America
The pair were on their honeymoon in Las Vegas when they took the helicopter tour.
Pictures of the happy couple celebrating their marriage just months before emerged in the days that followed.
Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillon Airways EC-130 when it crashed into the Arizona landmark.
A family friend wrote a heartbroken post confirming Jon’s death on a Just Giving page set up to help pay for their medical costs after the accident.
Jon had been in hospital for 12 days but died from his injuries
Jon and Ellie on their wedding day just months before the horrifying crash
AP:Associated Press A survivor was pitched miraculously walking away from the burning helicopter
He said: “It is with a very heavy heart that I must type this. Our Good friend Jon Udall has succumbed to his injuries.
“He was strong, brave and I will never forget him. I will update this page when possible.
“Ellie is critical and is continuing to fight.”
Stuart Hill, celebrating his 30th birthday, his girlfriend Becky Dobson, 27, and his brother Jason, 32, were killed.
Caters They were in America as part of their honeymoon after having got married months before
He had got married just months before the accident Three British tourists killed in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon have been named by US police
Pals Jennifer Barham, 39, and honeymooning couple Ellie, 29, and Jon, 32, were fighting for their lives in hospital last night – tragically Jon has since died.
Witnesses described scenes of chaos after spotting the sight-seeing aircraft engulfed in flames approximately 600ft inside the ravine.
Jon was trapped in the wreckage for eight hours before being rescued after Ellie staggered free.
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