Publicado: Sol, Julio 14, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

United Kingdom police launch investigation into leaked ambassador cables

United Kingdom police launch investigation into leaked ambassador cables

London's Metropolitan Police said its counter-terrorism command, which takes national responsibility for investigating allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act, was leading the investigation.

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

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

He told the BBC that he had spoken on the phone to Sir Kim and the former ambassador told him he had not watched the debate himself, but somebody had told him about the comments. They have also urged the media to refrain from releasing any further information related to or held in the leaked cables."I would advise all owners, editors, and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty's Government", the Police Assistant Commissioner said in his statement. The cable also described how the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson failed to save the deal following a last-minute dash to Washington to meet US Secretary Mike Pompeo in a desperate bid to make the US leader change his mind.

He said: "A prosecution on this basis would amount to an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate".

However, he said the Metropolitan Police had been told that the publication of "these specific documents. could also constitute a criminal offence and one that carries no public interest defence".

"We know these documents and potentially others remain in circulation".

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The Society of Editors executive director Ian Murray said the threat to the media in the police warning was "not acceptable" in a free society.

"The state threatening media freedom is a unsafe road to tread", Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Twitter.George Osborne, editor of the London Evening Standard and a former finance minister, described the remarks as a "very stupid and ill-advised statement from a junior officer who doesn't appear to understand much about press freedom". "We have a duty to prevent as well as detect crime, and the previous statement was meant to alert to the risk of breaching the OSA", he said.

Mr Hunt wrote on Twitter: "I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them & judge them to be in the public interest: that is their job".

"Some people just told me. he actually said very good things about me", Trump said.

Mr Basu said police have "no intention of seeking to prevent editors from publishing stories in the public interest in a liberal democracy".

On other policies, Jeremy Hunt failed to distinguish himself as foreign secretary, and recently come down against the United States in relation to the ambassadorial controversy, suggesting that a USA free trade deal would be more problematic under him, said Collins.

Dating from 2017 to the present day, Darroch in the leak emails said: "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept".

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