Yesterday, the S*n’s Trevor Kavanagh appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme to defend his publication’s attempts to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn based on the claims of a discredited Czech ‘fantasist’.
After claiming – ridiculously, when the programme had just shown a Czech intelligence archivist explaining that there was nothing in their records to indicate Corbyn had ever been anything other than someone they found of interest – Kavanagh claimed that nothing the S*n had published had been contradicted.
Kavanagh then changed tack and tried to claim that the much more important question is what happened when Corbyn and Diane Abbott went on a motorcycle holiday in East Germany during the 1970s:
This is not a new smear, more like an opportunistic recycling of an old one – as the S*n published similarly last October:
Unfortunately for Kavanagh and the S*n, the BStU – the German state archive of Stasi (East German intelligence) files – today published a statement that a thorough search of their records had revealed no files about Jeremy Corbyn. None whatever:
Even the dry, bureaucratic state archive found the claims ‘outrageous speculation‘.
So Kavanagh has ended up admitting that his paper’s nonsensical claims about Czech contacts are much less important than – well, than some stuff that doesn’t exist.
That hasn’t stopped the S*n from publishing an article about four hours ago saying that Corbyn has questions to answer about Stasi files:
At the time of publication, the article has not yet been deleted or corrected, even after the BStU’s clear statement and obvious derision of the ‘outrageous speculation’.
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