Russian hackers ‘stole trade papers used by Jeremy Corbyn from Liam Fox’s emails’


TOP secret trade papers that were used by Jeremy Corbyn to attack Boris Johnson were stolen from an ex-minister’s email account by Russian hackers, it was claimed today.

Last month the Foreign Office revealed that the leak of the US/UK trade talks documents were subject to a police probe after Russia linked social media accounts circulated during the 2019 Election.

Liam Fox left the Government when Boris came into No10 last year

The then Labour leader held the documents aloft at a press conference but insisted he had merely found them online.

But last night Reuters claimed the emails were stolen from the email account of former Trade Secretary Liam Fox.

Sources said the hackers accessed his account multiple times between July 12 and Oct. 21 last year by hackers linked to Russia.

The documents later appeared online and were leapt on by My Corbyn, who claimed they  contained proof the Tories wanted to ‘sell off the NHS to Donald Trump”.

The hotly disputed attack line was put front and centre of Labour’s doomed attempt to defeat Boris Johnson last December.

Business minister Nadhim Zahawi said today at the news: “There can be no normalisation with Russia until is stops its destabilising activity and changes its behaviour. As this breaking story suggests, they threatened the UK and its allies”.

Dominic Raab told MPs last month that “Russian actors” had sought to interfere in that election “through the online amplification of illicitly acquired and leaked Government documents”.

But he stopped short of pointing the finger of blame at Moscow as the source of the  documents.

The Cabinet Office said: “There is an ongoing criminal investigation into how the documents were acquired, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this point.”

A spokesman for Mr Fox declined to comment.