The Daily Telegraph: MI5 opened file on Jeremy Corbyn amid concerns over his IRA links20 May 2017 | 05:23 | FOCUS News Agency
The Labour leader was investigated over fears that he could have been a threat to national security at a time when he was supporting convicted terrorists and campaigning for a unified Ireland.
It was against the background of his support for the Republican cause that MI5 began looking into Mr Corbyn’s activities, and a source close to the investigation confirmed a file had been opened on him by the early 1990s.
They told the Telegraph: "If there was a file on someone, it meant they had come to notice. We opened a temporary file and did a preliminary investigation. It was then decided whether we should open a permanent file on them".
A file would be opened on "someone who sympathises with a certain group, or is friends with a specific person" and the purpose was to “assess whether the person was a threat", the source added.
The Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch was also monitoring the Labour leader at around the same time, but it is unclear if the intelligence was shared.
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