United Kingdom police investigate Kim Darroch cables

UK police investigate Kim Darroch cables - CNN

The news comes as Boris Johnson tonight admitted he played a role in Sir Kim Darroch's resignation as British ambassador by failing to defend him from Donald Trump's onslaught.

It says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the United States in 2018 to stick with the nuclear deal.

The emails, dating from 2017, said rumours of "infighting and chaos" in the White Condo had been largely exact.

The LBC presenter hit back at Scotland Yard's warning to newspapers not to publish anymore of the leak after launching a criminal investigation.

The resignation of Kim Darroch came a day after Trump lashed out at him on Twitter describing him as "wacky" and a "pompous fool" after leaked documents revealed the envoy's dim view of Trump's administration.

Mr Basu issued an additional statement on Saturday afternoon asserting he had received ethical recommendation that led to the Met initiating an investigation into the paperwork as a capability breach of the Legitimate Secrets Act (OSA).

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

Darroch resigned on Wednesday, saying it was now "impossible" to do his job.

"Given the widely reported consequences of that leak I am satisfied that there has been damage caused to United Kingdom global 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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Mr Johnson has been accused of throwing the UK's ambassador to Washington "under the bus" when leaked memos triggered an extraordinary public row with Mr Trump.

His rival Boris Johnson said it was correct the person responsible for the leak was "hunted down and prosecuted" but it was wrong for police to target the media.

Following the backlash, Mr Basu mentioned police had "no design of searching out for to forestall editors from publishing reviews in the general public interest in a liberal democracy".

"Some people just told me - too bad - they said he actually said some very good things about me", he said.

'The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause may also be a criminal matter.

The Mail also published further memos from Darroch, defying a police warning that media which did so could be committing a criminal act.

According to the Sunday Times, which cited unnamed government sources, a suspect had been identified and suggestions that it could be the result of a computer hack by a foreign state had been ruled out.

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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