Former Czech spy Jan Sarkocy has claimed he recruited ‘Comrade’ Jeremy Corbyn in the 1980s and the Left-wing MP became a paid informant with the codename Cob.
The Labour leader denies this but admits he did meet Mr Sarkocy several times, believing he was a diplomat. His spokesman dismissed the allegations as a “ridiculous smear and entirely false”.
Professor Glees, an expert on the Stasi, East Germany’s feared secret service, said: “The allegations are extremely serious and should be thoroughly examined by this committee. I have seen photocopies of documents from Czech files and it is clear to me at this crucial time during the Cold War Mr Corbyn was on the wrong side of history.
“While Mrs Thatcher was doing her best to defeat communism during the Cold War Mr Corbyn was meeting a representative from Czechoslovakia’s secret police. I think it was naive of him to consider Mr Sarkocy as a diplomat.”
Professor Glees, who is professor of politics at the University of Buckingham and director of its centre for security and Intelligence studies, said Mr Corbyn should produce evidence to support his version of events to clear the air.
He added: “He should produce his Commons diary for that period. He should also contact President Putin to ask for files on him to be released to him so they can be examined by the committee. Mr Corbyn should make the same request to see any Stasi files on him.”
Information gathered on sympathetic Western informants by the puppet states of Russia was regularly passed to the KGB secret service in Moscow and shared with the Stasi. The information helped Russian spymasters plan how to get other nations’ secrets and who could help them do so.
The Intelligence and Security Committee, chaired by Tory MP Dominic Grieve, QC, would have the power to request files held on Mr Sarkocy by our secret services, M15 and M16.
Meetings between Mr Corbyn and the Czech spy should have been recorded by British security agents.
The fact that then prime minister Margaret Thatcher had Mr Sarkocy thrown out of the country in 1989 – three years after he met Mr Corbyn – suggests there would be records on his activities in this country covering who he recruited and whether they were paid or not.
Professor Glees said: “The committee is the proper place for an investigation to be held.”
Mr Sarkocy, 64, has challenged Mr Corbyn’s blanket denials, saying he knew of his role with the Statni Bezpecnost secret police, run at that time by the Communist-controlled government in Czechoslovakia.
Mr Sarkocy said: “It was a consensual collaboration. He was our asset, he had been recruited. He was getting money from us. Recruitment was overseen and secured by Russians. All the information that we got from him, and one supporting source, had been verified and then valued not only here, but in Russia as well. When we got a tip on someone we worked together with the Russians.
“Corbyn admired the Soviet Union at the time. Money wasn’t his sole motive.”
While operating in London the Czech spy drank whisky on the Commons’ terrace and bragged of knowing what Margaret Thatcher had for breakfast.
Denying all of the claims, a Labour party spokesman said: “Jeremy was neither an agent, asset, informer or collaborator with Czechoslovak Intelligence. These claims are a ridiculous smear and entirely false.”
Mr Sarkocy’s claims have more plot holes than a bad James Bond movie, he said.
Questions have also been raised about Mr Corbyn’s alleged links to foreign secret agents over help he gave to two Cuban spies. Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez were jailed in the United States for spying on Cuban exiles there.
Mr Corbyn met both men, also at the House of Commons, during a Cuban solidarity campaign event in 2016