#AceNewsReport – July.14: Statement from Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu: “Following a cross-government investigation led by the Cabinet Office a Gateway Process has occurred today with the Metropolitan Police into the alleged leaking of official communications involving Sir Kim Darroch: “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: “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: “Also, to anyone who knows or suspects those responsible, or who has any information, please come forward.
Statement from Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu: “The Metropolitan Police respects the rights of the media and has no intention of seeking to prevent editors from publishing stories in the public interest in a liberal democracy: The media hold an important role in scrutinising the actions of the state: “We are however a body charged with enforcing the law, and we have received legal advice that has caused us to start a criminal enquiry into the leak of these specific documents as a potential breach of the Official Secrets Act (OSA). The focus of the investigation is clearly on identifying who was responsible for the leak: “However, we have also been told the publication of these specific documents, now knowing they may be a breach of the OSA, could also constitute a criminal offence and one that carries no public interest defence: “We know these documents and potentially others remain in circulation: “We have a duty to prevent as well as detect crime and the previous statement was intended to alert to the risk of breaching the OSA.”
“The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause may also be a criminal matter: “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.” “Exercise your public and civic duty and call the police on 0800 789321 without delay. That call will be treated in strictest confidence:
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the person responsible for the leak of memos from outgoing UK ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch “must be held fully to account” but he defends the right of the press to publish the memos if they are judged “to be in the public interest” https://acenewsroom.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/foreign-secretary-jeremy-hunt-says-the-person-responsible-for-the-leak-of-memos-from-outgoing-uk-ambassador-to-the-u-s-sir-kim-darroch-must-be-held-fully-to-account-but-he-defends-the-right-of-th/
#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: July.14: 2019:
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