Last weekend the Mail on Sunday broke the news that MI5 had vetoed Baroness Pauline Neville Jones’ appointment as Cameron’s National Security Advisor over concerns about her links to two dubious Russian oligarchs.
Last weekend the Mail on Sunday broke the news that MI5 had vetoed Baroness Pauline Neville Jones’ appointment as Cameron’s National Security Advisor over concerns about her links to two dubious Russian oligarchs. Essentially, MI5 were apparently worried that, amongst other things, she has sat on the Executive Council of an American security think-tank, the International Intelligence Summit, which is heavily sponsored by Mikhail Chernoy.
Chernoy is banned from entering the US due to allegations of illegal business deals and links to the Russian mafia. It is worth noting that while she was apparently happy to be involved with a Chernoy-sponsored event, two former Directors of the CIA pulled out of the event and resigned from the Summit because of Chernoy’s involvement.
In May, Left Foot Forward reported more doubts about the Baroness, in particular her calls for greater military intervention in UK home affairs, while The Guardian has also delved into her past, investigating her involvement with former Serbian president and war crimes suspect Slobodan Milosevic, with members of the Serbian opposition believing a telecoms deal she had brokered “supplied Milosevic with the war chest for his Kosovo campaign”.
It now appears that the Baroness has attempted a remarkably ham-fisted cover-up of her involvement with the International Intelligence Summit and the dodgy Mr Chernoy; here she is on the list of Speaker and Organisers of the 2006 Summit on the original website, and here is how that page looks now:
Spot the difference? Given that she’s a former spook you would have thought that she’d do a better job of covering her tracks… Whatever next, spies losing laptops on the tube?!Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.