A former British diplomat is underneath investigation for allegedly promoting data to undercover Chinese language spies, a Whitehall legit says.
Fraser Cameron, who runs the EU-Asia Centre assume tank, is suspected of passing delicate details about the EU to 2 spies allegedly posing as Brussels-based newshounds.
He’s purported to have exchanged the ideas for 1000’s of Euros.
However Mr Cameron instructed The Occasions the allegations have been “ridiculous”.
The previous diplomat, who has labored for the International Administrative center and Ecu Fee, says he has no get entry to to any “secret or confidential data”.
He instructed Politico that the allegations “are with out basis”, announcing he has “quite a lot of Chinese language contacts as a part of my tasks with the EU-Asia Centre and a few of them could have a double serve as”.
A senior Whitehall legit, who requested to not be named, instructed the BBC the investigation were a long-running joint inquiry between British and Belgian intelligence and claimed leap forward had are available in contemporary months.
He stated this used to be a super instance of ways intently British intelligence labored with its Ecu companions.
The BBC’s safety correspondent Frank Gardner says there were rising fears concerning the extent of covert Chinese language intelligence-gathering in Europe, together with over delicate negotiations between the EU and Britain over Brexit.
Belgium’s state safety provider is quoted through the Monetary Occasions as announcing Mr Cameron’s alleged movements posed “a transparent danger against the Ecu establishments” founded within the Belgian capital.
The investigation is reportedly being run through Belgium’s federal prosecutors.