Leaked papers used by Jeremy Corbyn to smear the Tories linked to Kremlin fake news campaign.

LEAKED papers used by Jeremy Corbyn to smear the Tories were last night linked to a Kremlin fake news campaign.

The dossier, said to show Boris Johnson would sell the NHS to Donald Trump, was ripped off the online forum Reddit.

 The papers wielded by Jeremy Corbyn have been linked to a Russian fake news campaign

The papers wielded by Jeremy Corbyn have been linked to a Russian fake news campaignCredit: London News Pictures

But analysts say the papers, waved by Mr Corbyn at an election rally, bore the hallmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign called Secondary Infektion.

Ben Nimmo, head of investigations at media analytics outfit Graphika, said: “It’s on the same set of websites, it’s using the same types of accounts and making the same language errors. It’s either the Russian operation or someone trying hard to look like it.”

The original Reddit posting was uploaded on October 21 but was little known until Mr Corbyn unveiled it at a highly trailed campaign event on Wednesday.

A Labour spokesman said: “These documents reveal the plot against our NHS. And, of course, neither the UK nor the US government have denied their authenticity.

“Given what they reveal, it’s not surprising that there are attempts to muddy the waters to cover up what has been exposed.”

But senior Tory Bob Seely, an expert on Russia, said: “It’s incredibly serious. These people know their stuff and they’re absolutely objective.

“This has raised a really vital question, has Jeremy Corbyn been an unwitting tool of a Russian disinformation campaign?”

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