Thursday’s issue of The Sun claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met and warned “Soviet-backed spies of a clampdown by British intelligence during the height of the [Cold] War.”
The story declares that Corbyn passed on sensitive material regarding the arrest of an unnamed East German and was put on a list of Czechoslovakian state security team’s agents and sources.
The allegations based on “secret” Soviet files, say a Czech Diplomat called Jan Dymic (real name Jan Sarkocy) had visited Corbyn as a Labour MP twice, possibly three times in the House of Commons.
A Labour spokesperson confronted these claims stating that Corbyn had never knowingly met with a spy and that he only knew ‘Jan Dymic’ as a diplomat. In November Jan Sarkocy met Corbyn in the Commons and later writes a report stating Corbyn’s interests, hobbies and …pets. One note reads: “Owns dogs and fish.”
Sarkocy also remarks that his “Behaviour is reserved and courteous, however, occasionally explosive (when speaking in defence of human rights), though the performance is calm and collected.”
Corbyn may have not known he met a Spy, but this Spy has without doubt met Corbyn.
The head of Czech Security Forces Archive disputed the new allegations saying “If Corbyn had been an agent; his file would have been under a different category”. Corbyn was given the codename: RS COB in Sarkocy’s report. RS simply refers to a person of interest, not an agent.
But after The Sun’s Exposé, Jan Sarkocy told Czech media that he personally handed over cash to Corbyn in return for information.
The ex-spy, who was thrown out of Britain along with several others in 1989, said that Corbyn was recruited, and he also received money.
Established in 1945, the StB was bound to and controlled by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. Soon after they came into power, the StB were granted unlimited freedom of action against any target. Rather than using routine investigative work to hunt down opponents and rebels; The StB created fictitious resistance organizations, dangled them as bait, and waited for potential new resisters—in addition to those already active—to be drawn to them. The fake organizations were so convincing, hundreds of unknowing resisters fell for the trickery and this remained the StB’s MO.
Sarkocy claimed that Corbyn would have to leave the UK if the British Secret Service learned of his role with the StB, “If something happened at that time, [Corbyn] could go to live in Russia,” he said.
But what use is Corbyn to a Soviet Spy? Yes, he believed that the UK should pull out of Nato and dismantle its nuclear weapons. Yes, he detested the USA and yes, he did invite two convicted IRA volunteers into the Commons two months after an IRA had almost killed Margaret Thatcher.
He was also unpopular, desperately seeking out those who might agree with his fanatical anarchist views. Corbyn welcomed those that other MP’s shunted. If anyone could be flipped to turn against his country, on paper at least, it was Corbyn.
One can only envisage Sarkocy’s frustration after Corbyn agreed to meet. An openly radical left-wing backbencher was never going to be trusted with state secrets, nor could Corbyn be anything other than himself. Looking at Sarkocy’s notes, it’s clear he received a socialist sermon, maybe even a lecture in what we today call ‘Corbynomics’ but Corbyn had no actual privileged information to give away. This is where the story will likely end. Corbyn will remain nothing more than a handful of pencilled notes in dusty StB’s files; A man with dogs and fish.