Jeremy Corbyn thought he had a licence to "cosy up" with enemies as no-one thought he'd one day become the Labour leader, according to a politics professor.
Secret files obtained by The Sun allegedly show Corbyn met a communist spy during the Cold War at least three times, warning of a crackdown by British intelligence in 1986. A spokesperson for the Labour leader admitted Corbyn had met a diplomat but claimed he did not knowingly discuss matters with a spy.
Politics professor Anthony Glees, who directs the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at The University of Buckingham, told Mike Graham and Katie Perrior: "Nobody ever thought he would be leader of the Labour Party, least of all Jeremy Corbyn, and he thought that gave him a licence [to] cosy up to people who are the enemies of freedom."
Glees believes this shows Corbyn is "naive," adding: "I think that’s the very least that we have to accept - because it wasn’t just one meeting at a cocktail party, it was a course of conduct on the part of Jeremy Corbyn."
He added "the Czechs believed he was their agent with a code name and a unique registration number" but it doesn't necessarily follow that he was a spy.
In light of the Sun's claims, Glees said "many British people, I think, would find it hard to see [that Corbyn] could safeguard our country's security properly" especially as "Corbyn’s file will be in Moscow, and in Putin’s disposal."
When asked whether Corbyn should be leader of the Labour Party, Glees said he's "not a Labour Party member and it’s not really for me, but in my view as an academic, no".
A spokesperson for Corbyn said the claim that Corbyn met a Russian spy was a "false and ridiculous smear."
Listen to the full interview above