IF he became prime minister Jeremy Corbyn would have to sack one of his closest aides because he would be a national security threat, according to the former head of MI6.
Top Labour spin doctor Seumas Milne would not get security clearance to see classified documents because of his past links to terrorist and political extremist groups, Sir Richard Dearlove claimed.
London News Pictures Labour MPs say that Mr Milne has “undue influence over Mr Corbyn.”
As a result, Mr Corbyn would have to cut off his ties with his director of communications and strategy as he would not be able to provide comprehensive advice.
Sir Richard, who led the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 from 1999 to 2004, told the Mail on Sunday: “Anyone with his sort of background could not be let anywhere near classified information. It would be out of the question.
“That means Corbyn could not make the judgments and decisions a PM has to make unless he stopped consulting him.”
Mr Milne has supported the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza and aims to bring down the Israeli state, in the past.
A Labour insider claims that he does not endorse Hamas’s charter that condones violence if done to further their bid to wipe out Israel.
The former Guardian journalist sparked uproar when he sprung to Vladimir Putin’s defence over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea.
Mr Milne attended an all-expenses-paid trip to a Kremlin-backed conference in October 2014 and shared a stage with president Putin.
Labour MPs say that Mr Milne has “undue influence over Mr Corbyn.”
Sir Richard said: “An elected prime minister has a right to see everything – and he or she needs to, in order to do the job.
“But Mr Milne would not pass developed vetting, and so would be denied access to classified papers.”
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John Sipher, the former head of the CIA’s Russia division, said he had “no doubt” that keeping Mr Milne would damage Britain’s special relationship with America.
He said: “If there was a legitimate concern that Mr Corbyn would include Mr Milne in intelligence-related discussions, the US would likely share less of its most sensitive information.”
The Labour party did not respond to a request for comment.
London News Pictures ‘Corbyn could not make the judgments and decisions a PM has to make unless he stopped consulting him’
Refer to Caption The former Guardian journalist sparked uproar when he sprung to Vladimir Putin’s defence over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea
PA:Press Association ‘If there was a legitimate concern that Mr Corbyn would include Mr Milne in intelligence-related discussions, the US would likely share less of its most sensitive information.’
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