United Kingdom police to investigate leak of ambassador's memos

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2019

The former London mayor has been heavily criticised by MPs in his own party and the opposition for failing to defend Darroch after Trump attacked the envoy for leaked remarks describing the United States administration as inept.

United Kingdom police are hunting the culprits behind the leak while warning media organizations that publishing the documents "could also constitute a criminal offense".

Trump also said that the USA would "no longer deal with him".

The investigation changed into once launched by the Met Police Counter Terrorism Expose, which takes nationwide accountability for investigating allegations of legal breaches of the Decent Secrets and ways Act, Mr Basu said.

The Foreign Office criticized the leak but did not challenge the authenticity of the memos, which characterized the Trump administration as chaotic and inept.

But Johnson said the prosecution of journalists would have a "chilling effect" on public debate.

"But I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them and judge them to be in the public interest: that is their job".

"The administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons - it was Obama's deal", Kim Darroch wrote in a diplomatic cable in May 2018, according to documents revealed on July 14.

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

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Yesterday afternoon he issued a fresh statement, saying he has "no intention" of seeking to prevent editors from publishing stories in the public interest.

Speaking to Andrew Pierce on LBC, Mr Grieve said: "I think we're heading for a very bad place with Boris Johnson and that for me was quite a defining moment of an individual who has no responsibility except to himself".

The Conservative would-be PM said he knew Sir Kim's decision to fall on his sword was partly down to his lukewarm support in an ITV debate this week.

In an interview on Friday, Johnson denied he was responsible for Darroch's resignation, but admitted his comments had been a factor.

"Our readers across the globe now have important information about how Britain tried, but failed, to stop President Trump abandoning the Iran nuclear deal".

It had emerged Sir Kim the had described the US President's administration as "inept" in secret assessments for ministers, leading to Trump branding Sir Kim a "pompous fool" and banning him from the White House.

Darroch resigned on Wednesday, though many commentators and even government officials standing up for him pointed out that he was perfectly entitled to provide a frank assessment of his host country's government.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is jousting with Boris Johnson to become the next prime minister, tweeted Saturday that the person responsible for the leak must be found and held responsible, but he differed with police over whether the publication of leaks is a possible crime.

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