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Police open investigation into leaked Trump memos

Written by on 12/07/2019

Police have launched an investigation into the leak of memos written by the UK ambassador to the US.

Sir Kim Darroch’s emails, in which he said Donald Trump was “inept”, were released to the Mail on Sunday over the weekend and eventually led to the ambassador’s resignation.

The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command will investigate, as the team which investigates allegations of criminal breaches of the official secrets act.

U.S. President Trump departs for travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the White House in Washington Donald Trump has said he wishes UK ambassador Sir Kim Darroch well following his resignation over his leaked diplomatic cables

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “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.

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

“I would say to the person or people who did this, the impact of what you have done is obvious. However, you are now also responsible for diverting busy detectives from undertaking their core mission.

“You can stop this now. Turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences.”

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The assistant commissioner also warned all publishers not to publish any leaked documents they may have in their possession, but to turn them into police or the government.

The leaked memos caused an international row, with the US president had 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”.

Sir Kim’s resignation came shortly after a TV debate between the two Tory leadership contenders, in which Boris Johnson appeared not to give him his full backing, while Jeremy Hunt said he would keep him on.

Whitehall sources told Sky News that Sir Kim “decided the game was up” following the lack of support from Mr Johnson, who is expected to succeed Theresa May as prime minister later this month.

U.S. President Trump departs for travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the White House in Washington Donald Trump has said he wishes UK ambassador Sir Kim Darroch well following his resignation over his leaked diplomatic cables

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan, who is supporting Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt over Mr Johnson in the Conservative leadership race, told Sky News that Mr Johnson had “basically thrown [Sir Kim] under the bus”.

“I think that the conduct of Boris Johnson has discredited him enormously in the eyes of many people in this country,” Sir Alan said.

However Mr Johnson has sought to distance himself from speculation that his comments caused Sir Kim to quit, saying “I think that unfortunately what I said on that TV debate was misrepresented to Kim”.

Despite his initial outrage, Mr Trump wished Sir Kim well, having heard the ambassador also said “some very good things”.

“I wish the British ambassador well. Some people just told me – too bad – they said he actually said some very good things about me,” he said.

“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.”

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