Monday, 14 October, 2019

United Kingdom police to investigate leak of ambassador's memos

UK police investigate Kim Darroch cables - CNN UK police to investigate leak of ambassador's memos
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2019, 15:54

Sir Nigel resigned after confidential diplomatic cables were leaked in which he criticised the Trump administration. However, you are now also responsible for diverting busy detectives from undertaking their core mission.

Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, said on Friday police would investigate who was responsible but also warned journalists and publishers they too could be in breach of the law if further documents were leaked.

"Given the widely reported consequences of that leak I am satisfied that there has been damage caused to United Kingdom worldwide relations, and there would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice", Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement.

He urged whoever was responsible to turn themselves in and "face the consequences".

His comments drew a furious response from the president who denounced him as a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool" and said the White House would no longer deal with him.

"The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause may also be a criminal matter", the statement from Basu said.

Mr Basu said in his statement: 'I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty's Government'.

"I fear there may be more", he said.

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Darroch stepped down from his role on Wednesday.

Whitehall sources told Sky News that Sir Kim "decided the game was up" following the lack of support from Mr Johnson, who is expected to succeed Theresa May as prime minister later this month.

"I think the Government and the police are fully entitled to find out who was involved in that and if they can to prevent it happening again".

According to some Whitehall sources, Sir Kim chose to resign after Mr Johnson failed to fully support him during a TV debate on Tuesday night.

Johnson pointedly refused to back Darroch during the televised debate on Tuesday, leading to accusations from fellow Conservative Party MPs that he had thrown the ambassador "under the bus" in order to bolster his own ties with Trump.

But in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Neil, Mr Johnson said when he spoke to Sir Kim by telephone the ambassador told him he had not seen the debate himself although somebody had told him about Mr Johnson's comments. "I think unfortunately what I said on that TV debate was misrepresented to Kim".

He added that the British have "got to stop their leaking problems there just like they have to stop them in our country".

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