United Kingdom police to investigate leak of ambassador's memos

13 July, 2019, 14:12 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Metropolitan Police Assistant Comissioner Neil Basu

It was the first time Mr Trump has spoken publicly about the subject since Sir Kim resigned earlier this week after his diplomatic cables, some of which portrayed the Trump administration in an unflattering light, were leaked.

The ambassador said his position had become "impossible" after the US President denounced him as a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool" on Twitter.

The announcement came as Tory leadership front runner Boris Johnson admitted his reported lack of support for Sir Kim had been a factor in the envoy deciding to step down. "However, you are now also responsible for diverting busy detectives from undertaking their core mission", he said.

"Once you start prosecuting the media for publishing stuff you don't like, that is a very unsafe place to be", Bob Seely, a Tory MP who sits on the Commons Foreign Affairs committee, told the Telegraph.

Almost a week after the cables were leaked, Basu's announcement of the investigation ended with a pointed call to the media.

Basu said that the leaks may be a "criminal matter" as he urged the culprit to "turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences".

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British officials have said they have no evidence hacking was involved in the documents' release, and that the culprit is likely to be found among United Kingdom politicians or officials.

In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Neil, Mr Johnson said he telephoned him the next day, and Sir Kim told him he had not actually watched the debate although his comments had been passed on to him by someone else.

"There were lots of factors in his resignation and I would suggest President Trump's response, and the President had actually banned him, made it very hard for him to do his job".

British lawmakers are warning that the country is at risk of turning into a "police state", as police tell media outlets not to publish leaked government documents after a row that led to the resignation of the UK's ambassador to the US.

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan said Mr Johnson had thrown Sir Kim "under the bus" in a "compete failure of leadership and decency".

He mentioned Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who said in a tweet on Wednesday that Darroch "always understood the strength of President Trump and referred to him as the "Terminator" who is indestructible and will most likely be reelected". "He said some things that were pretty nice from the British ambassador".

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