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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Foot-KGB Link Alleged

LONDON ) -- Former Labour Party leader Michael Foot was an important KGB contact in the 1960s who took money from its agents to fund his left-wing newspaper, The Sunday Times reported.

Foot, 81, who led the opposition party from 1980 to 1983, responded in a statement that newspapers should not be "fooled by the Soviet secret police."

The newspaper quoted former Soviet spies as saying the Soviet secret police saw Foot as an "agent of influence."

The KGB allegedly kept a two-volume file on Foot and gave him the code name Boot. Its agents allegedly met with Foot during the 1960s and gave him money for the Tribune, a newspaper of which Foot was then managing director.