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UK police nab China spies working in high reaches of government: Officials

A parliamentary researcher in the United Kingdom who was reportedly arrested on accusations of spying for China claims he is innocent.

British police said Saturday that two men were arrested under the Official Secrets Act in March, with press reports Sunday identifying one of those arrested as a researcher for members of parliament, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The man, who is in his 20s and has not been named by police, issued a statement through his law firm denying the reports and claiming he is innocent.

However, Conservative Party lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith, a critic of the Chinese Communist Party who has been sanctioned by China, expressed doubt any talks with the country would be useful.

“I don’t think it’s a dialogue. I think it’s a kind of pathetic monologue,” Duncan Smith said during an interview with Times Radio, according to Reuters. “What’s actually going on is China is ignoring much of what we say.”

Sunak’s office did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

Reuters contributed to this report

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