Once again, the old adage that something which looks too good to be true probably is too good to be true comes into play, this time on the subject of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and information held on him by the former East German security services, the Stasi. As the claims by former Czech diplomat Jan Sarkocy have unravelled, the right-leaning part of the press has clung on to their faith in this catch-all back stop.
The Murdoch Sun told readers “AN EAST German secret police file on Jeremy Corbyn is being kept under lock and key … It was drawn up when he was granted access by the state in the 1970s”. The Mail declared “Theresa May demands Jeremy Corbyn authorise the release of his 'Stasi file' after he was named in a foreign spy dossier as a contact for a Czech agent”. The Telegraph warned “Jeremy Corbyn is under mounting pressure to authorise the release of Cold War files kept on him by the Stasi”.
There was a certainty here: the Stasi had a file on Jezza, and the press knew that it could be opened by his request. How did they know this, and why was it the Sun which was so certain of its ground? Ah well. We did not have long to wait for the answer, after the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog piped up.
Under the heading “What The Stasi Archivist Told Guido About Corbyn In 2016”, readers not yet asleep are told “This was the response sent by the Stasi Records Agency (BStU) to Guido when he asked for Corbyn’s file way back in 2016”. Yes? Yes yes? Yes yes yes?
“There is a way personal data about holders of political office can be released … ‘if the persons concerned have given their written consent specifying the name of the applicant, the project and the persons who will carry it out’ … Corbyn has the chance to clear his name if he tells the BStU he is happy for them to release his file”.
There was even a gloating “So Jeremy, if you could just sign a consent form for us we’ll clear this all up”. But there was one teensy problem with what the Fawkes massive had learned: what they had been told depends on the Stasi having held a file on the person concerned in the first place. And the Guardian had bad news for The Great Guido.
“The German authorities responsible for the Stasi archive on Tuesday said they had found no documents on Corbyn. This included all files that can’t be released publicly for privacy protection reasons, spokesman Matthias Dziomba said”. There is no Stasi file on Corbyn.
Let me repeat that loudly and slowly: THERE IS NO STASI FILE ON JEREMY CORBYN.
The Fawkes rabble have bet their credibility on a document that does not exist. It is almost certain that their connection with the Murdoch mafiosi is why the Sun was so certain there was a file - because the Fawkes mob claimed to have made enquiries about it two years ago. But their enquiries clearly did not include confirmation that a file actually existed.
Zelo Street has told for some time that the Fawkes blog was a borderline Fake News site. There was good reason for this caution. Now the mainstream press knows it.
The Fawkes Corbyn Stasi claims are another pack of lies. Another fine mess, once again.