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Trump bombshell: Police think they know who was responsible for ambassador leak

14 July 2019

He mentioned Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who said in a tweet on Wednesday that Darroch "always understood the strength of President Trump and referred to him as the "Terminator" who is indestructible and will most likely be reelected". It would also allow in worldwide inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

However, President Trump did not think that the deal went far enough.

The cable was included in a second batch of leaked reports published by the Mail on Sunday newspaper, the first of which caused Darroch to resign earlier this week.

The memos said rumours of "infighting and chaos" in the White House were mostly true.

The latest disclosure comes despite a warning from Scotland Yard to media about publishing leaked diplomatic memos.

But I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them and judge them to be in the public interest: "that is their job".

He did not believe the Trump administration would "become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept".

In furious verbal attacks on Darroch, Trump has described the ambassador as "wacky", "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool".

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

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

"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".

He said, "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".

His rival, Mr 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, Assistant Commissioner Basu added that the Met had "no intention" of trying to prevent the publication of stories in the public interest.

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

Mr Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, appeared to suggest the statement which called for any leaked documents to be returned to the Government was written by a junior officer and Mr Basu should distance himself from the comments.

The Mail on Sunday has defended its decisions to publish further details from the memos.

Earlier this week, Trump said the United States will "substantially" increase sanctions on the Iranian government in the latest escalation in his administration's "maximum pressure campaign" against the country.

Trump bombshell: Police think they know who was responsible for ambassador leak