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UK Police Launches Investigation Over Leaking Of Ambassador’s Official Communications

Unic Press UK: The Metropolitan Police says it has launched an investigation into alleged leaking of the official communications involving former British ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch.

A statement Friday from the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, reads:

“Following a cross-government investigation led by the Cabinet Office a Gateway Process has occurred today with the Metropolitan Police into the alleged leaking of official communications involving Sir Kim Darroch. As a result the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, who take national responsibility for investigating allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act, has launched a criminal investigation. Given the widely reported consequences of that leak I am satisfied that there has been damage caused to UK international relations, and there would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice…”


Sir Kim Darroch resigned Wednesday his appointment as the UK ambassador to the U.S. over leaked diplomatic cables, in which, Darroch impugned the U.S. President Donald Trump, describing him [Trump] as ‘inept’, ‘insecure’ and ‘incompetent’.

From the leaked information, Darroch also said: ‘As seen from here, we really don’t believe that this [U.S.] Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction-riven, less diplomatically clumsy and inept.’

Prior to his resignation, President Trump had said: “We will no longer deal with him.” Trump seems very furious with the UK establishment since the leaked diplomatic cables were published by the Mail on Sunday.

Trump on Twitter: “I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!”

 

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