Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Press Baron....

....Is this a trustworthy story?

Speaking to on Wednesday, Lebedev said he had read the Evening Standard and other British newspapers when he was a young spy at the Soviet embassy in London in the late 1980s.

"I had to read every newspaper. I was there for that," he recalled. "I had to read the FT, the Guardian, Standard and the Daily Mail." The Standard was "a very good newspaper" with some "brilliant journalists," Lebedev said, adding that the Daily Mail was a "highly influential" title that closely reflected British public attitudes.

Exclusively from The Guardian.

This is perhaps the stand out sentence:

The purchase will be an astonishing moment in British press history – the first time a former member of a foreign intelligence service has owned a British title.

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