If Sir Richard Dearlove says Jeremy Corbyn has questions to answer over his Cold War Czech connections then Labour he probably has got serious questions to answer …
“Jeremy Corbyn has “questions to answer” over his Cold War links, a former spy chief has said.
Sir Richard Dearlove said the Labour leader should have “taken care to avoid” meeting a Czechoslovakian agent and cannot just “laugh off” the claims.
The ex-MI6 boss said holding only a couple of meetings with Jan Sarkocy would amount to “stupidity” but if the spy’s claims that many more took place were true then “this affair takes on a completely different aspect”.
Mr Sarkocy, a former agent of the Czech StB intelligence agency, has been described as a fantasist by Mr Corbyn’s allies.
But Sir Richard, who was “C” at the Secret Intelligence Service, said the agent could not be easily dismissed.
The “discussion I have had with friends close to the current Czech intelligence community” suggests otherwise, he told The Daily Telegraph.
Sir Richard, who was posted to Communist Czechoslovakia, said “everything I learned about the way the StB operated tells me that these accusations should be taken seriously”.”
Did Jeremy Corbyn hand over secret documents to the Czech Foreign Intelligence Service?
Was Jeremy Corbyn paid for his services by the Czech Foreign Intelligence Service?
Probably not, although we know he has no qualms about taking money from a regime that hangs gay men in public, from construction cranes, purely for being gay.
Did Jeremy Corbyn assist Czech Foreign Intelligence Service agents to evade MI5 and Special Branch?
That is the question.
Do Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters seek to hold him to a lesser standard than would have been expected of a junior civil servant, in the 1980s, approached by Czech Foreign Intelligence Service agents?
Yes, they most certainly do.