5 & 6 weigh in against mandy

from Duncan Gardham, James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph

It has been disclosed that Mandelson’s name appears “repeatedly” in secret files held by MI5 and MI6 as a result of his contacts with a Russian oligarch. British intelligence files held on Oleg Deripaska, Russia’s richest man, contain several references to Mandelson, sources say. The confirmation that the security services are sufficiently interested in Deripaska to keep files on him and his associates is likely to add to pressure on the minister to provide more information about his contacts with the Russian billionaire. It is understood that the cabinet minister’s details appear on a secure database called SCOPE, which pools intelligence material gathered by MI5, MI6, and GCHQ, the Government’s electronic eavesdropping centre. Sources have confirmed to the Daily Telegraph that Deripaska and Mandelson feature in the SCOPE files as associates. A Whitehall source said: “Deripaska is the kind of person we look at from time to time along with those he associates with. You would expect Mandelson to be among those mentioned.” Deripaska is a “person of interest” to the British authorities because of allegations of links to organised crime in Russia. Mandelson appears in the classified British intelligence files because of his various contacts with Deripaska.

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