Trump bombshell: Police think they know who was responsible for ambassador leak

Nellie Chapman
July 14, 2019

Britain's ambassador to Washington believed US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal because it was associated with his predecessor Barack Obama, leaked documents showed Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police has since launched a criminal investigation into the leaking of his communications, which described the Trump administration as "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional".

But Sir Kim stepped down as United States ambassador on Wednesday, saying it was "impossible" for him to continue.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the Metropolitan Police had been given legal advice that there is "no public interest defence".

The Conservative leadership contender admitted he should have been more supportive of Sir Kim Darroch, and acknowledged that his refusal to explicitly back the ambassador had been a factor in his decision to step down.

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

He entreated whoever changed into once responsible to expose themselves in and "face the implications".

Mr Basu continued: 'I would say to the person or people who did this, the impact of what you have done is obvious.

"However, you for the time being are additionally liable for diverting busy detectives from endeavor their core mission".

'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.

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The authorities had already opened an interior inquiry into the e-newsletter of the memos.

Boris Johnson, frontrunner in that race, has been heavily criticised by lawmakers in his own party and the opposition for failing to defend the ambassador.

Mr Johnson said: "He said that what somebody had relayed to him had been a factor in his resignation".

"Sir Kim was doing his job".

Top Minister Theresa Would possibly perchance presumably said Sir Kim's departure changed into once "a topic of deep feel sorry about" and public servants wants as a plot to give "corpulent and frank recommendation".

Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of "diplomatic vandalism", according to the Mail on Sunday.

On Friday, President Trump said he wished the susceptible ambassador correctly and that he had been instructed Sir Kim had if fact be told said "some very magnificent issues" about him.

The head of Britain's diplomatic service, Simon McDonald, said this week he was "bracing" himself for further leaks.

The paper also reported that Darroch hinted at discord brewing between Trump's closest aides and said the White House had failed to produce a "day-after" plan on how to handle the aftermath of withdrawing from the deal.

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