There’s sharing information and then there’s sharing information

Ken Livingstone, John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn were part of a group of at least 15 senior Labour figures who shared information with Eastern bloc agents, it is claimed.

Jan Sarkocy, a former Czechoslovak spy, described the MPs as “great sources” to himself or his colleagues in the KGB.

The new claims come after he said on Friday that the Labour leader had shared information with the Communist Czechoslovak regime.

My own opinion – based upon no evidence other than just this is what I think they would have done – is that they were over the line. That line between “Here’s a newspaper article” and into “I desire that the system be smashed, here’s some good info.”

But it does depend upon where you draw the line. A generous drawing of it, a too generous one, would have me myself as an agent of the Americans, Brits, Russians and N Koreans all at the same time. That there were some really taking Moscow Gold is known fact. That all were not so. Most I would think would fall under the Tony Benn exception. Regarded by the Soviets as too dippy to be reliable.

9 comments on “There’s sharing information and then there’s sharing information

  1. They were –and remain–useless yet still dangerous socialist shite. That they didn’t give much help to the scum of the Eastern Bloc was simply a matter of not being in the loop of secret information because even old Labour spotted them as obvious traitors.

    If they had had info useful to soviet evil they would have handed it over in an instant.

    They are –and shall always remain– treasonous scum.

  2. And then there were people who were considered too dependable and too reliable to *need* recruiting.[1] Whatever the Soviets would have done, Corbyn probably would have done it anyway. Why pay him to do it?

    [1] Like Robert Oppenheimer for instance. Allegedly.

  3. Who, in their right mind, doesn’t carry with them a newspaper article on MI5 clamping down on Ostblok spies when meeting an Ostblok diplomat who you claim you believe you had no reason to think was engaged in espionage?

    I know I wouldn’t…

  4. If you don’t like your country enough to treat with foreign spies (and the IRA, Hezbollah etc) you can certainly be a labour back-bench opposition MP. You really shouldn’t be PM. When (if they were to win) he turns up at Buck house HMQ should have him arrested.

  5. From the Treason Act:

    Adhering to the sovereign’s enemies, giving them aid and comfort, in the realm or elsewhere.

    Why does this not apply?

  6. Oh dear, I have to come clean…

    When I briefly worked at our student radio station we benefited from the donation of loads of reels of tape from Radio Moscow.

  7. “From the Treason Act:
    Adhering to the sovereign’s enemies, giving them aid and comfort, in the realm or elsewhere.
    Why does this not apply?”

    Because, while we may not actually like Russia, we are not at war with them, and thus they are not enemies. Adhering to the sovereign’s enemies generally means taking their nationality while we are at war with them (see Joyce, William).

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