Ex-UK diplomat suspected of promoting data to undercover Chinese spies

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A former British diplomat is underneath investigation for allegedly promoting data to undercover Chinese spies, a Whitehall official says.

Fraser Cameron, who runs the EU-Asia Centre suppose tank, is suspected of passing delicate details about the EU to 2 spies allegedly posing as Brussels-based journalists.

He is alleged to have exchanged the data for hundreds of Euros.

But Mr Cameron advised The Times the allegations have been “ridiculous”.

The former diplomat, who has labored for the Foreign Office and European Commission, says he has no entry to any “secret or confidential information”.

He advised Politico that the allegations “are without foundation”, saying he has “a wide range of Chinese contacts as part of my duties with the EU-Asia Centre and some of them may have a double function”.

A senior Whitehall official, who requested to not be named, advised the BBC the investigation had been a long-running joint inquiry between British and Belgian intelligence and claimed {that a} breakthrough had are available in current months.

He stated this was an excellent instance of how intently British intelligence labored with its European companions.

The BBC’s safety correspondent Frank Gardner says there have been rising fears in regards to the extent of covert Chinese intelligence-gathering in Europe, together with over delicate negotiations between the EU and Britain over Brexit.

Belgium’s state safety service is quoted by the Financial Times as saying Mr Cameron’s alleged actions posed “a clear threat towards the European institutions” primarily based within the Belgian capital.

The investigation is reportedly being run by Belgium’s federal prosecutors.