The front page comes despite the fact that the Official Secrets Act protects the operations of Britain's security services, reports the Huffington Post. In the article, it suggested that Stewart was recruited as a '007-style' agent while a student at Oxford University, and said it got the tip-off from an 'unnamed Whitehall source', reports the Huffington Post.
However, the Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border denied all the claims in an interview with Radio 4 this morning. Speaking on the Today Show, he said:
No. And in fact, the law wouldn’t allow newspapers to reveal the identity of intelligence officers.
He also denied the claims in an interview with BBC Breakfast. Speaking to the reporter, he said:
Absolutely, I was not a spy. I am very, very proud to have served my country.
It goes without saying that it wasn't only Stewart who criticised the front page splash. Other social media users were quick to disagree, too.
Brian Cox said that it's representative of the fact we're in a 'sorry place'.
We’re in a sorry place as a society if the mere suggestion that you may have once put your life at risk keeping you… https://t.co/kixaOC8zcX