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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed the allegations that he was a spy for Czechoslovakian intelligence as "entirely false and a ridiculous smear," Corbyn's spokesman said Thursday.

    "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… for a cup of tea in the House of Commons. Jeremy neither had nor offered any privileged information to this or any other diplomat," Corbyn's spokesman said, as quoted by the Guardian newspaper.

    According to the spokesman, it was well known that some intelligence officers used to lie to their superiors about recruiting people they had only met.

    "The existence of these bogus claims does not make them in any way true," he stressed.

    UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has pounced on the article as evidence that Mr. Corbyn is not trust-worthy as a future British Prime Minister, saying in comments reported by the Guardian newspaper, "Jeremy Corbyn has never had Britain's interests at heart. Time and time again he has sided with those who want to destroy everything that is great about this country, whether it is sympathising with terrorists, backing rogue regimes, or cosying up to those who want to inflict pain and misery on the British people. " he said at a meeting of NATO defense ministers gathering in Brussels.    

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    Earlier in the day, the Sun tabloid published files on Corbyn from Czechoslovakian intelligence archives, where he was mentioned as a source under the code name COB who had at least three meetings with Czechoslovakian agents. The publication claimed Corbyn had "met a communist spy at the height of the Cold War and warned him of a clampdown by British intelligence."

    Corbyn has been Leader of the Labour Party since 2015. He has been the member of UK Parliament since 1983.

    In a study published in July 2016, the London School of Economics claimed to have uncovered evidence of a general media bias against the then recently elevated leader of the Labour Party. Mr. Corbyn has been particularly targeted over his stances on foreign policy such as the Arab-Israeli conflict and his being in favor of unilateral nuclear disarmament. 


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