United Kingdom police to investigate leak of ambassador's memos

Jeremy Hunt said he was ‘disappointed’ at Mr Johnson’s failure to support the ambassador

Jeremy Hunt said he was ‘disappointed’ at Mr Johnson’s failure to support the ambassador

Sir Kim Darroch stepped down as ambassador on Wednesday, asserting it changed into once "not attainable" for him to proceed.

In a cable sent afterwards, Darroch indicated there were divisions in Trump's team over the decision, and criticized the White House for a lack of long-term strategy.

The memos said rumours of "infighting and chaos" in the White House were mostly true.

"They can't articulate any "day-after" strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region", he wrote.

"He was given a perfectly easy opportunity to say: "I'm sorry about this, he's an excellent ambassador and has my support", which we ought to give him because he is undoubtedly a superb ambassador and a very good civil servant, and he chose quite deliberately not to".

The latest disclosure comes despite a warning from Scotland Yard to media about publishing leaked diplomatic memos.

Furious Tory MPs accused the former foreign secretary, who is favourite to succeed Theresa May, of throwing Sir Kim "under a bus", leaving him no option but to resign.

Counterterrorism police chief Neil Basu said today that the leak had damaged United Kingdom global relations and there was "a clear public interest" in prosecuting the perpetrator or perpetrators.

The government had already opened an internal inquiry into the publication of the memos leaked to the Mail newspaper on July 7.

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The US President reacted by lashing out in a series of tweets, calling Darroch a "wacky Ambassador" and "very stupid guy".

Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Neil Basu speaks to the media after a vehicle crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, Britain, August 14, 2018.

Not all politicians, though, felt the police were wrong.

Another expert, David Collins, professor of worldwide economic law at City, University of London and author of Negotiating Brexit: The Legal Basis for European Union and Global Trade, said it appears as though Boris Johnson is poised to become the new PM as he is generally more well liked by the Conservative Party membership and has been more explicit about how he will respond to Brexit.

However, he added: "We have also been told the publication of these specific documents, now knowing they may be a breach of the OSA [Official Secrets Act], could also constitute a criminal offence and one that carries no public interest defence".

"The media must be free to publish such information, in the public interest, as long as it does not endanger lives or national security", the spokesman said.

In response, a Foreign Office spokesman called it a "totally unacceptable leak" of "sensitive material" and called for the source of the leak to "face the consequences of their actions".

"It's not news that the United States and UK differ in how to ensure Iran is never able to acquire a nuclear weapon; but this does underline that we do not shy away from talking about our differences and working together".

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