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February 16, 2018 3:00 pm | FILED UNDER: politics

Corbyn Denies Collaboration with Czech Communist-era Secret Police (StB)

By ČTK

London, Feb 16 (CTK) – The allegation that Jeremy Corbyn, now the British Labour leader, collaborated with Czechoslovak communist secret service (StB) amounts to ridiculous smear and is absolutely untrue, his spokesman has told CTK, reacting to statements StB ex-officer Jan Sarkocy made in Slovakia earlier today.

 

Addressed by CTK, the spokesman said Sarkocy’s description of events is untrustworthy and with more holes in the story than a bad James Bond film.

 

Corbyn had been neither an agent, nor a confidant, informer or collaborator of the former Czechoslovak intelligence service, the spokesman said.

 

He referred to the statements of Svetlana Ptacnikova, director of the Czech Security Forces Archive, who said after studying the relevant documents on Thursday that Corbyn in the 1980s probably did not know that the man he was in contact with in London was an intelligence officer.

 

The spokesman said the way Sarkocy describes his meetings with Corbyn was untrue 30 years ago, is untrue now and is absolutely untrustworthy.

 

Before, Sarkocy told journalists in Bratislava that Corbyn had cooperated with the StB knowingly in the 1980s and received money for it. He said Corbyn had not been the only Labour Party representative to cooperate with the StB.

 

Ptacnikova dismissed Sarkocy’s allegation, saying it was at variance with archive documents. Corbyn could not have been an StB agent, otherwise his file in the Czech archive would have been very different, Ptacnikova said.

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