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  • Corbyn’s lawyers defend against spy allegations

    Adrian Mudd   February 22, 2018

    This week, Tory MP Ben Bradley accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of selling British secrets to Russian spies…


    The exact tweet goes like this: “Corbyn sold British secrets to communist spies…get some perspective mate!! Your priorities are a bit awry! # AreYouSerious.”

    Corbyn’s lawyers are now demanding an apology from the outspoken conservative MP and threatened to take legal action. The tweet has since been removed after claims were picked up by the media and published nationally.

    The letter demanded that Bradley not only tweet a public apology and refrain from any repeat accusations, but also to make a contribution to a charity of Corbyn’s choice.

    Corbyn and his team have taken a forceful approach to eradicating notions that he has met with former Czechoslovakian intelligence officer, Ján Sarkocy, in London, stating that it was nothing but a smear campaign and an attempt to discredit Corbyn.

    The Labour MP’s lawyer also highlighted that the tweet was a reaction to the party’s press regulation plans, as laid out in two of their manifestos.

    Corbyn recently appeared in a video suggests the media have gone “a little bit James Bond”, dismissing these allegations, and suggesting that it was ridiculous to think that he had shared classified information with a communist spy during the cold war.

    Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday, said: “This is an incredibly stupid story … from a fantasist who is recorded as telling his handlers in Prague that he was also responsible for the Live Aid concert, for the Nelson Mandela birthday concert.

    “There is no substance to the story and the person who is in charge of the archives in Prague has said so. She has looked at all the records of this Walter Mitty fantasist and said there is absolutely no substance, and that Jeremy was not involved in any way as an agent.”

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