United Kingdom police to investigate leak of ambassador's memos

Donald Trump says he wishes Sir Kim well

The deal had been previously struck by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and a leaked memo now claims that Trump may have taken the decision against Tehran just to spike the former US President.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "It can not be conceivably right that newspapers or any other media organisation publishing such material should face prosecution".

However, speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr Trump said he had since been told Sir Kim had said "some very good things" about him.

"They can't articulate any "day-after" strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region", he wrote.

In a statement, the London Metropolitan police's assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, said that "given the widely reported consequences of that leak", there had been "damage caused to United Kingdom global relations" and that there "would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice".

President Trump had earlier said the USA would no longer take care of Sir Kim.

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.

The government had already opened an internal inquiry into the publication of the memos leaked to the Mail newspaper on July 7.

In May 2018, Britain's then-foreign minister Boris Johnson went to Washington to try to persuade Trump not to abandon the Iran deal. Darroch resigned on Wednesday.

"If I were the Metropolitan police commissioner, and I wanted to maintain my credibility and the credibility of my force, I would quickly distance myself from this very stupid and ill-advised statement from a junior officer who doesn't appear to understand much about press freedom", the former chancellor tweeted.

'Also, to anyone who knows or suspects those responsible, or who has any information, please come forward.

However, he added: "We have also been told the publication of these specific documents, now knowing they may be a breach of the OSA [Official Secrets Act], could also constitute a criminal offence and one that carries no public interest defence".

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

On Friday, the American president said that Britain needed to stop their "leaking problems".

But in his response, Maajid said leaking military secrets, like the enigma machine, is not the same as publishing the criticisms of foreign governments from British ambassadors.

He added that it was "not news" that the United Kingdom and U.S. differ in their approach to preventing Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.

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