Tony Blair has come to the defence of Rupert Murdoch’s former wife Wendi Deng amid rumours that she is spying for the Chinese.

“It’s true that when I was with her she used to take calls from someone with a foreign accent,” said the ex-Prime Minister, “but it turned out to be Vladimir Putin who she is very friendly with.

“So she may be spying for the Russians but she definitely isn’t a Chinese spy, despite what Rupert says.

“I’ve warned Wendi about people listening in on her phone conversations but she is just so sweet and innocent.

“She says that her ex-husband would never get involved in something as vulgar as phone-tapping.”

Concerns were raised by a counter-intelligence assessment that Wendi Deng Murdoch was lobbying for a high-profile construction project in Washington funded by the Chinese government, anonymous sources told the Wall Street Journal.

“She’s definitely a Chinese spy,” said Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Wall Street Journal.

Fears that she is working for the Chinese has prompted US officials to warn Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner about their friendship with Wendi Deng.

Ivanka Trump is on the board overseeing the trusts of Grace and Chloe Murdoch, the two daughters of Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch.

“Ivanka is my bestest friend,” said Wendi.

“She’s so good with money. Unlike her father, she’s never been bankrupt even once.”

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