This morning's Sun leads with a rather odd front page splash claiming Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met Czech intelligence agents in the mid-1980s.
Professor Anthony Glees told the paper that "These files show there was contact between Corbyn and a Czech intelligence official, even if he did not know it." Yet this would have been true of many MPs of all parties who had contacts with East European diplomats. Indeed, the expansion of such contacts would have been one manifestation of perestroika in what was the early Gorbachev era.
Veteran investigative journalist David Leigh has said of the story, based on Czech intelligence files: ' I would guess this is just about as credible as a Sun expenses claim for 'lunch with contact'.
Leigh ought to know. His 1988 book, The Wilson Plot, documents the long running vendetta of a coterie of British intelligence officers against Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson. One key source of anti-Labour smears was material provided by former Czech intelligence officer Josef Frolik.