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A Corbyn Government Would Be an Intelligence Threat to the Western World

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Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his keynote speech at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 26, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of articles have been published about antisemitism within the UK Labour Party since Jeremy Corbyn was appointed party leader in 2015. But Labour could still win the next parliamentary elections, thanks in large part to the poor performance of the Conservative government in the Brexit negotiations. During the second half of September, polls showed more or less alternating results as to which party would win power in a new election.

A Corbyn-led government should worry the Western world even more than it should British Jewry for many reasons, including the issue of Corbyn and his allies receiving access to British intelligence sources. If Corbyn were elected, how safe would it then be for other Western countries to share high level intelligence with the British secret services?

Corbyn has called genocidal terrorists “brothers” and “friends.” And as party leader, he surrounds himself with people that are also sympathizers with terrorist movements or have hard-left positions.

Sitting UK prime ministers sometimes share important intelligence with the opposition leader. Yet, in March of this year, The London Times reported that Theresa May offered Corbyn limited access to highly classified information regarding the nerve poison attack in the UK on two Russians. This was in contrast to her predecessor, David Cameron, who shared more detailed intelligence with then Labour leader Ed Miliband and his chief of staff regarding Syria in 2013. Corbyn’s chief of staff was not even given any confidential information by May.

May’s decision was wise — and a limited examination of people close to Corbyn shows why Western intelligence agencies would likely be reluctant to give their confidential information to a Corbyn-led government.

In 2003, John McDonnell, the powerful shadow chancellor of the Treasury, praised the “bombs and bullets” of the Irish terrorists who brought the UK to the negotiating table. He later apologized for his support of violence. This year, it became known that McDonnell has a plaque in his study honoring some Irish terrorists. He also once signed a letter calling for Britain’s armed police force and its domestic counter-intelligence body to be disbanded.

Corbyn’s chief strategist, Seamus Milne, has called the founding of Israel a crime. He has also spoken in support of the genocidal Hamas terrorist organization, and is a white-washer of some of Stalin’s most severe crimes.

Andrew Murray, a senior policy adviser to Corbyn, has been unable to receive a security pass for the British parliament, which he requested a year ago. Murray has suggested that the British security services are working to prevent a Labour government from coming to power. In the past, he has spoken out against NATO and said that Hezbollah’s only fault is that it is a Lebanese resistance movement. Before joining Labour in 2016, Murray was a long-term member of the Communist Party. On one occasion, he was reported to have said: “Against imperialism we are all Stalinists.” At the time, he also expressed solidarity with North Korea.

Corbyn’s private secretary, Iram Awan, is a former member of a hard-left organization. There are also claims that she has donated money to a charity that provides financial assistance to families of accused terrorists. Currently, there is an investigation as to how she has entered parliament for nine months without an access pass vetted by security services.

Yasmine Dar received the most votes in the recent election for Labour’s National Executive Council (NEC). Dar can be seen in a film clip from 2017 celebrating the Iranian Islamic revolution at the Islamic Center in Manchester.

One might think that the above facts would have created a torrent of articles citing risks for Western and UK intelligence services should Corbyn become prime minister. Yet I have been unable to find any explicit articles on this subject. Perhaps the clearest statement is from a former head of the UK’s MI6 foreign security service, Sir Richard Dearlove, who stated that if Corbyn was applying to join any of the UK’s security services, he would be rejected during the vetting process.

Dearlove added that, instead, the intelligence agencies would have actively investigated him. About Corbyn and his closest advisers, Dearlove concluded: “At a time when we in this nation face a serious security problem, the idea that the security of the nation might rest in the hands of people like this makes me shudder.”

Most surprising is that the British media, including the pro-Conservative press, has hardly — if ever — raised the disturbing international intelligence exchange issue. To remain silent about such an obvious risk gives a terrifying insight into where the focus of the major news media is.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is the emeritus chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs think tank. The author was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism and the International Leadership Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has published more than 20 books. His latest is The War of a Million Cuts: The Struggle against the Delegitimization of Israel and the Jews, and the Growth of New Anti-Semitism.

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