Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Met Police Launch Criminal Investigation Into Ambassador 'Inept' Email Leak

Met Police Launch Criminal Investigation Into Ambassador 'Inept' Email Leak

He lamented that the government was "effectively justifying state action against the media", adding that police should go after the leaker, if they breached the Official Secrets Act, but not the media.

In charge of the leak inquiry is the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command, which probes allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act.

"The investigation will be reviewed at every stage to ensure a proportionate investigation is undertaken".

Scotland Yard's assistant commissioner Neil Basu released a statement urging the press not to publish leaked documents and to instead hand them to police.

Metropolitan Police are now investigating the leak of Ambassador Kim Darroch's private assessments of Donald Trump and his administration, which caused a diplomatic crisis this week.

Sir Kim resigned on Wednesday saying his position as envoy to Washington had become "impossible" after Mr Trump branded him a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool". You can stop this now.

He urged the culprits: "turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences".

The leaked memos caused an global row, with the United States president responding to the revelation of Sir Kim's memos by branding the diplomat "wacky" and "a very stupid guy", as well as vowing to "no longer deal with him".

Mr Basu also warned the media that any further publication of the ambassador's emails could be a criminal offence, and should be returned to the government.

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Johnson himself acknowledged his comments had been partly responsible but denied he was to blame.

In the Commons on Thursday, Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan said an internal Whitehall inquiry had found no evidence the leak was the result of computer hacking.

"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".

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.

Some senior Conservative figures criticised Mr Johnson over his perceived failure to defend Sir Kim.

He added: "I wish the British ambassador well but they have got to stop their leaking problems there just like they have to stop them in our country". "I think unfortunately what I said on that TV debate was misrepresented to Kim".

"I wish the British ambassador well", Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Friday to head to Wisconsin.

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

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