Jeremy Corbyn has refused to answer legitimate questions all day from journalists about his Czech spy links. He is so unrattled by it all he has released a video in which he warns the free press “change is coming”. He also accuses the media of “going a little bit James Bond”. He does realise Bond was the good guy right?
This was the response sent by the Stasi Records Agency (BStU) to Guido when he asked for Corbyn’s file way back in 2016. They cited sections 32 and 33 of the Stasi Records Act, which provide exemptions for:
records containing personal data, records containing personal data regarding holders of political functions or a public office
There is a way personal data about holders of political office can be released:
if the persons concerned have given their written consent specifying the name of the applicant specifying the name of the applicant, the project and the persons who will carry it out
Corbyn has the chance to clear his name if he tells the BStU he is happy for them to release his file. Otherwise it will remain secret until his death, at which point it can be released. So Jeremy, if you could just sign a consent form for us we’ll clear this all up…
Oh, and don’t worry readers. We didn’t come away completely empty handed…
The BBC have finally jumped on the Agent COB story, only to blow it with a stupid question. Rather than ask something pertinent about what information he handed to a communist spy, BBC finance reporter Steph McGovern went with: “Are you a Czech spy?” He replied: “No”. Well he would say that wouldn’t he…
Looking at the framed copy of Charter 77 signed by Václav Havel hanging on Guido’s office wall yesterday, it occurred to to him that at the same time Jeremy Corbyn was having tea with Lt Jan Dymic, an officer of the Czech Státní bezpečnost (StB), Havel was probably enduring one of his many prison stints courtesy of the same StB service. Compare the moral character of Corbyn and Havel:
- Before being elected to political office Havel was a celebrated playwright and intellectual. As a dissident he was jailed many times and his plays were banned from being performed in Czechoslovakia.
- Before being elected to political office Corbyn was an official with the Garment Workers Union.
- Havel was once charged by the StB with being a “rabid opponent of socialism”.
- Corbyn is a rabid proponent of socialism.
- After the crushing of the Prague Spring by Warsaw Pact tanks in 1968, Havel was banned from leaving the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
- Corbyn took his then girlfriend Diane Abbott on holiday to East Germany (Warsaw Pact member country) a few years after the crushing of the Prague Spring.
- In later life Havel was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Order of Canada, the Four Freedoms Award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, and the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award. In 1991 Havel declined a nomination for the Nobel Prize.
- Corbyn was awarded the Seán MacBride Peace Prize in 2017, named after the former IRA Director of Intelligence.
Corbyn’s cultists don’t see any problem with him meeting with StB and Stasi agents, the same people who were jailing dissidents for writing plays…
Any chance the BBC will cover it properly now the PM has commented?
Keith Vaz promised to “only accept a worker’s wage” when he was in the process of becoming an MP, Guido can reveal. Vaz is under renewed pressure over his finances after the National Crime Agency was asked to launch an Unexplained Wealth Order investigation by Tory MP Andrew Bridgen. According to newspaper reports published before his election in 1987:
“Secretary of Richmond and Barnes Labour Party Keith Vaz has been selected as Labour candidate for the Leicester East constituency… Mr Vaz is going to live and work in Leicester in the run up to the election. He said that if elected he will only accept a worker’s wage and donate the rest of his parliamentary salary to the local Labour Party.”
Mr Vaz’s parliamentary salary is £74,962. Mr Vaz’s spokesman said this weekend the allegations are “entirely unfounded”. How much of Vaz’s salary over his 31 years in Parliament has he donated to Leicester East Labour Party?
The Tories are calling for Jeremy Corbyn to be hauled before the Foreign Affairs select committee to face questions over his links to a Czech spymaster. David Morris has written to FASC chairman Tom Tugendhat asking him to bring Agent COB in for an evidence session to “allow the facts to be established and individuals to clear their name”. Here’s the letter:
Dear Mr Tugendhat,
It has recently been widely reported in the National Media that the leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP had fraternised with a Soviet Bloc Czech Spymaster in the late 1980s. Included in the reports are statements made by the former spy master from the StB – the Statni Bezpecnost, Jan Sarkocy. These statements come from the man who was based in the Czech Embassy in London at the time and who should therefore be in a position to have some authority on the issue.
Given that it is widely accepted the Czech intelligence service had a track record of successfully penetrating Parliament – including the recruitment of at least two senior Labour MP’s – John Stonehouse and Will Owen there are strong grounds to warrant further investigation of these reports.
We are fortunate that a number of former Soviet Bloc Intelligence agencies have had their files preserved. The Stasi of the DDR have had many of their records preserved and they may also shed some light on the issue.
These are very serious and disturbing allegations given that the Leader of the Opposition wants to scrap Trident debasing our defence capability and national security.
Despite the efforts of some to play down these issues there are some serious allegations being made about a Member of this House. I have considered asking the ISC but as their primary role is oversight of the UK’s intelligence service and not foreign relations I feel that your committee is best placed to investigate. I also note that the allegations relate to activity over 20 years ago and so much of the information would not be restricted by Government secrecy rules. At the very least an evidence session from all those mentioned in recent news reports would allow the facts to be established and individuals to clear their name,
David Morris MP
The man who wants to be Prime Minister has been accused by a Czech spy of handing information to Britain’s enemies – something he does not deny. At the very least we should be told what Corbyn said in his meetings with Jan Sarkocy, and allow him to answer the very pertinent questions about his judgement in being foolish enough to meet Soviet bloc “diplomats“. Tugendhat should call him…
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) February 18, 2018
What does Thornberry think about Corbyn meeting a Czech spy, taking money from the Iranians and backing Venezuelan tyrants? It shows he’s a “proper internationalist” apparently…
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) February 18, 2018
After the bullying of Labour’s National Policy Forum chairman Katrina Murray yesterday, a laughing Emily Thornberry tells Peston “it’s one of those things”. So much for the sisterhood!
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) February 18, 2018
Brendan Cox is “showing how he’s going to change” says Jess Phillips, while Lucy Powell says “good for” him for “reflecting”.
— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) February 17, 2018
Compare and contrast with how they went after Toby Young over some tweets.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has tonight reported Keith Vaz to the National Crime Agency calling for an Unexplained Wealth Order investigation to look into his finances. Uh oh…
Agent COB was a paid informant of the Czechoslovak secret police according to the agent who claims to have been his handler. Czech TV channel CT24 is reporting:
The head of British Labour Jeremy Corbyn consciously collaborated with the STB and took the money for it, former member of the STB Jan Sarkocy, who Corbyn met, told told ČTK.
Sarkocy also claims Corbyn’s intel was “rated in Moscow as the number one”:
“Corbyn was recruited. He also received money,” Sarkocy said… He added that Corbyn had “won” the StB now a prominent member of the Labour Party, and that Corbyn’s recruiting took place “under the protection of Russia”. Asked if Corbyn knew he was talking not only with a diplomat but also with an StB member, Sarkocy replied that at that time there was no doubt that Czechoslovak diplomats were working for the StB.
“All the information we received not only from him but also from one supporting source, to be verifiable, was rated in Moscow as the number one. What we could not do was to do the Russians, “Sarkocy said. Corbyn, for example, participated in the reception of the Czechoslovak embassy about twice a year.
Sarkoci claimed that the British Secret Service had learned about the recruitment of Corbyn and that he had to leave Britain afterwards. “If something happened at that time, he (Corbyn) could go to live in Russia,” he said.
According to Sarkocy, who, according to archival documents as a member of the StB, worked at the embassy in London from 1986 to 1989 as third embassy secretary, the StB and other representatives of the Labour Party also cooperated. “They were not only those in the position of deputies, but they were also those of the highest authority,” he said without further details.
Corbyn’s office say any suggestion he ever took money is a “ridiculous smear and entirely false”. His spokesman says:
“As Svetlana Ptacnikova, Director of the Czech Security Forces Archive, has made clear, Jeremy was neither an agent, asset, informer nor collaborator with Czechoslovak intelligence. These claims are a ridiculous smear and entirely false. The former Czechoslovak agent Jan Sarkocy’s account of his meeting with Jeremy was false 30 years ago, is false now and has no credibility whatsoever. His story has more plot holes in it than a bad James Bond movie.”
Jeremy Corbyn has taken part in an event for the Show Racism the Red Card charity, giving an interview to Corbynista YouTube star David Vujanic for the Guardian website yesterday. Jezza and Vujanic got on famously, bumping fists and discussing, among other things, why fighting racism is so important and how there should be “zero tolerance” to those guilty of racist abuse. Labour did vet the Twitter feed of Corbyn’s new pal, didn’t they? Oh no…
Not the first Eastern European bloke with questionable views who Agent COB has come to regret meeting…
Top Corbynistas are openly referring to John McDonnell by his IRA nickname “The Quartermaster”. Momentum man Max Shanly called the Shadow Chancellor by his IRA nom de guerre on this week’s Novara Media All The Best podcast. Appearing alongside former Corbyn spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin, Shanly said:
“I went to John McDonnell’s Alternative Models of Ownership Conference this weekend… it was very interesting, I don’t know how many of you have read the Alternative Models of Ownership report commissioned by The Quartermaster and Rebecca Long-Bailey, but it’s a very good read.”
As WikiGuido revealed in 2016:
“The story goes that McDonnell used to frequent a working men’s club in Camden which was known as a hub of IRA activity at the time. He was said to be so pally with the republicans who drank there that it allegedly led to him being given the nickname ‘The Quartermaster’. The joke among local Labour figures was that he was so involved he must have had his own quasi-military rank. His spokesman does not deny he was a regular visitor, but says: ‘It may have been a nickname for him as he was resourceful and in charge of budgets at the GLA.’”
It’s the second time in as many weeks the All The Best podcast has got Corbynistas in trouble. Last week Guido told how Clare Kober’s demise was cheered on during an episode of the socialist broadcast: Shanly shouted “she’s dead”. The brocialists later apologised. All The Best gaffes…
Worth reading closely the legalistic wording of this statement provided to the Sun by “Agent COB”:
“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, who did not go by the name of Jan Dymic, for a cup of tea in the House of Commons. Jeremy neither had nor offered any privileged information to this or any other diplomat.”
Jezza says he “neither had nor offered” any “privileged information” to the Czech spy. That is denying something different. The Czech secret police files claim Corbyn gave them a newspaper article about MI5 and discussed his take on British security measures, neither of which would count as “privileged“. There is no denial from Corbyn that he passed information to Britain’s enemies at the height of the Cold War. What did he talk to them about? Was he really naive enough to believe this was just a “diplomat”? Many questions to answer…
Labour have been rebuked again by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission for banning straight white men from their Equalities conference. The EHRC warns this could even be “unlawful discrimination”. Certainly seems that barring people from voting on party positions because of their race seems unwise. This is the second time Labour have been told off by the EHRC in three weeks. Lot of Labour pundits who vocally defended the party on this looking a bit silly now…
Venezuelan despot Nicolas Maduro has welcomed international observers to witness the country’s “flawless electoral system” during its presidential elections in April, as the Bolivarian regime bans the leaders of all the main opposition parties from standing. The leaders of the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties – who together make up the opposition’s main electoral alliance – have all been barred from taking part. Maduro says:
“Venezuela is open to every necessary guarantee and welcomes every international observer willing to come. More than to inspect, they will be able to learn from the flawless electoral system we’ve built.”
Back in 2012 Venezuela looked to Britain for its election observers. A delegation of Labour MPs including one Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Grahame Morris and Colin Burgon (Richard’s uncle), flew to Caracas alongside other “impartial” Chavistas including Owen Jones. After six years of human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and opposition politicians being locked up, will Jezza, Diane and Owen be volunteering this time round?
You’d have thought they might have learned their lesson after the Equalities and Human Rights Commission found Labour guilty of “unlawful discrimination” a few weeks back…
UPDATE: Tory MP Andrew Bridgen comments:
“Labour are a divisive Party who want to divide people into victim groups. They have not learnt from the Equalities Commission ruling last month regarding their discriminatory attempt to sell tickets for their East Midlands Conference at different prices based on ethnicity. Now they are banning white male heterosexuals from attending their Equalities Conference. They seem to believe that white, male heterosexuals have nothing to contribute to the subject of Equality. It seems that in La La Labour land everyone is equal but some are more equal than others.”
And James Cleverly adds:
“This is yet another example of discrimination by Labour.
“Their lazy assumption that straight white men can’t fight for equality is shocking. It is essential that political parties represent each and every person irrespective of race, sexuality or age.
“The Labour Party should take action now to ensure that this discrimination comes to an end.”