United Kingdom defense secretary sacked over Huawei leak

La primera ministra británica Theresa May en el Parlamento en Londres el 1 de mayo del 2019

Williamson's sacking follows an investigation into information leaked to the British press about Chinese telecom Huawei's role in building the Britain's coming 5G Internet.

Things could get even worse for Williamson, with some politicians, including the foreign secretary, calling for police to launch a criminal investigation into whether he broke the official secrets act.

The NSC, consisting of the PM and her seniormost cabinet colleagues, invites top officials from the armed forces and intelligence agencies to its weekly meetings from time to time.

"Ultimately, this was a decision for the prime minister based on the evidence available".

Police are unlikely to open a criminal investigation unless the case is referred to them by the Government, the country's most senior officer has indicated.

That is why I commissioned the Cabinet Secretary to establish an investigation into the unprecedented leak from the NSC meeting last week, and why I expected everyone connected to it - Ministers and officials alike - to comply with it fully.

British media reported that Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill - the country's most senior civil servant - gave those present an ultimatum to deny responsibility for the leak.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said that Mr Williamson's case can not be closed while he stands accused of criminal behaviour of which he protests his innocence.




Already allies of the South Staffordshire MP were coming to his defence in the Chamber, accusing Downing Street of subjecting him to a "kangaroo court".

Other NSC attendees had "all answered questions, engaged properly, provided as much information as possible to assist with the investigation, and encouraged their staff to do the same", she said.

Rory Stewart, another potential leader but one who has been loyal to May and backs her Brexit deal, replaces Mordaunt as worldwide development secretary. Williamson had been offered the chance to resign but refused as he believed doing so would make him look guilty. She says there is compelling evidence to suggest that he is the leaker.

A formal decision on launching an investigation would be taken by the Met, she said, adding: "That is hypothetical because we have not had any referral from the Cabinet Office".

Downing Street said the PM had "lost confidence in his ability to serve" and Penny Mordaunt will take on the role, according to the BBC. No.10 said Mrs May considered the matter closed but prosecutions were not a matter for the government.

I'm sorry that you feel current leaks from the Nationwide Safety Council originated in my Division. It said several ministers, including Williamson, had opposed letting Huawei work on Britain's 5G network.

Spoken to Gavin Williamson. "As a matter of natural justice, how is the former defence secretary now going to be given an opportunity to prove his innocence?"

In an article for the Conservative Home website, he quoted a former employee of the company who told him: "If a 16 year old with Aspergers can break into US Department of Defence computers, what is to stop a very clever Chinese company putting in trap doors that they can activate whenever they want?"

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