Britain’s Metropolitan Police opened Friday a criminal investigation into leak of emails of British Ambassador to US Sir Kim Darroch, in which he was allegedly critical of President Donald Trump’s Administration.
Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement the leaks damaged Britain’s international relations and it was a clear public interest to bring those responsible to justice.
Basu called on whoever leaked the emails of Sir Kim, who stepped down on Wednesday, to turn themselves in or face consequences, and urged the media not to publish leaked government documents related to this case which has become a criminal matter. He said the probe was launched by the Counter Terrorism Command, which took national responsibility for investigating allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act.
The Mail on Sunday published last Sunday classified emails sent by Sir Kim to London, saying the Trump administration was “clumsy and inept,” prompting the US President to said he would no longer deal with Sir Kim.