The International Development Secretary Rory Stewart has denied he was a spy and said he could not admit it even if he had been.
Stewart said he had “served my country” and “if somebody asked me whether I was a spy I would say no.”
The Tory leadership hopeful has an interesting CV he served as an officer in the Black Watch, a diplomat and was the British coalition deputy governor in Iraq during the 2003 war, this has fuelled speculation to he worked for MI6 as a spy.
After university he joined the British diplomatic service where he undertook postings to Jakarta, Indonesia, and as the British representative to Montenegro in the wake of the Kosovo crisis.
According to the Daily Telegraph a Whitehall source claimed that Stewart spent seven years as a spy prior to him entering politics.
Stewarts father was a senior officer in MI6 and the Telegraph source said he was also hired by MI6 as a “fast track” entry after he left Oxford university, he allegedly left after seven years.
When Stewart was asked if he legally and honestly could divulge he was a spy working for MI6 he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “No, and in fact the law wouldn’t allow newspapers to reveal the identity of intelligence officers.”
Nick Robinson asked Stewart, “You can’t really answer the question whether you were a spy or not, you can just simply say you served your country?”
Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat, who said in response to the Telegraph allegations on Twitter, “If he did, he risked everything in the shadows defending our nation.
“If he didn’t, he risked everything in Iraq trying to build the peace.
“Whoever these Whitehall sources are need to seriously rethink their ethics.”