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United Kingdom police investigate Kim Darroch cables

UK police investigate Kim Darroch cables - CNN UK police to investigate leak of ambassador's memos
Patty Aguilar | 14 July, 2019, 16:38

Diplomatic communications leaked to the Daily Mail newspaper last Sunday revealed the UK's envoy in Washington criticizing the Trump Administration and describing the Donald Trump as "inept" and "incompetent".

London's Metropolitan Police sparked widespread condemnation on Saturday after a warning to journalists that publishing leaked documents could be a criminal matter.

Scotland Yard has launched a criminal investigation into the leak of diplomatic dispatches sent by Britain's U.S. ambassador Sir Kim Darroch.

The deal had been previously struck by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and a leaked memo now claims that Trump may have taken the decision against Tehran just to spike the former US President.

The Met Police's counter-terrorism command launched a criminal investigation on Friday.

Boris Johnson yesterday admitted that the leak of diplomatic cables criticising Donald Trump were "embarrassing" but insisted that they were not a threat to national security. In them, Darroch called Trump's administration inept.

Sir Kim had said in the cable that the Trump administration was "set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism", the paper said.

Darroch resigned days later, saying in a letter on July 10 that although his posting was due to be completed at the end of the year, he believed that "in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador".

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He said: "These leaks damaged UK/US relations and cost a loyal ambassador his job so the person responsible must be held fully to account".

In his statement, Basu urged the person or people who leaked the memos to turn themselves in.

The former British Ambassador is said to have highlighted splits amongst USA presidential advisors and that the White House did not have a "day-to-day" strategy of what to do following withdrawal from the deal.

Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, appeared to suggest the statement, which called for any leaked documents to be returned to the government, was written by a junior officer and showed a lack of understanding of press freedom.

Mr Johnson said he had spoken to Sir Kim on Thursday to tell his disappointment over his resignation and the ambassador instructed him he had not watched the TV debate.

"I think that unfortunately what I said on that TV debate was misrepresented to Kim".

Asked in Friday's interview if he would be "as craven" a prime minister as he has been a candidate, Johnson said: "We have been very forthright with the United States of America and I will continue to be forthright".

Publication of the envoy's views last Sunday on the Trump administration sparked a diplomatic row, besides creating ripples between the two United Kingdom prime ministerial candidates, Boris Johnson and foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, in the ongoing election for the next Conservative leader.

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