UK Police Launch Criminal Probe Into Leaked Cabled On Trump

Nellie Chapman
July 14, 2019

British police said Friday it had launched a "criminal investigation" into the leak of British diplomatic cables critical of US President Donald Trump that led to the resignation of the United Kingdom ambassador to Washington. It would also allow in worldwide inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

The deal had been previously struck by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and a leaked memo now claims that Trump may have taken the decision against Tehran just to spike the former US President.

"They think they know who did the leaking", a government source told the paper. In them, Darroch called Trump's administration inept.

Darroch has since resigned.

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make their way to the Oval Office for a meeting at the White House on March 5, 2018.

The British ambassador is said to have highlighted splits amongst U.S. presidential advisors and that the White House did not have a "day-to-day" strategy of what to do following withdrawal from the deal.

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

The government launched an internal Whitehall inquiry into the publication following the reports.

"Given the widely reported consequences of that leak I am satisfied that there has been damage caused to United Kingdom worldwide relations, and there would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice", Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement.

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Acosta , who approved the earlier deal, announced Friday he was stepping down as labor secretary amid the controversy. Democrats had called for him to quit over his handling of the Epstein case.

He also showed his support of the press and their right to publish leaks after Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu urged the press to hand such information into the police.

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

However, the force defended its actions, saying it had a duty to enforce the law in relation to the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

The row erupted after the Met announced on Friday it was launching a criminal investigation into the leak of the cables to The Mail on Sunday which resulted in Sir Kim's dramatic resignation.

But editors and senior politicians - including the two men vying to become the next prime minister - have criticised his warning against publishing further details.

British police said on Friday they had opened an investigation into a leak of confidential memos that led to the resignation of the British ambassador to Washington.

The Mail on Sunday, which first obtained the trove of leaked memos, has not faced any legal repercussions for its decision to publish.

"I fear there may be more", he said.

He added: "What could be more in the public interest than a better understanding of how this position was reached, which may have serious consequences for world peace?"

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