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

POLICE may have identified the source of the leaked diplomatic memos from Sir Kim Darroch.

Sir Kim resigned from his position as Britain’s ambassador in Washington after the documents were released. Counter-terrorism police began an investigation on Friday after the confidential communication was published by the Mail on Sunday. The Sunday Times reported citing a government source that a suspect has already been identified.

The chances the leak came after a foreign government hack have been ruled out.

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GCHQ officials are believed to be assisting in the investigation.

The Mail have published further correspondents from Sir Kim in which he alleges President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal for “personality reasons”.

He reportedly said Mr Trump was “set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism”.

This latest publication came despite a warning that journalists may be in breach of the Official Secrets Act.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the Metropolitan Police had been given legal advice that there is “no public interest defence”.

The comments from police were criticised by editors and politicians.

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

Current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the leaks had: “Damaged UK/US relations and cost a loyal ambassador his job, so the person responsible must be held fully to account.

“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.”

Meanwhile, leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn said the leaks were: “Clearly a breach of confidence (and) information that should have been maintained as private. That has not happened and so the police have been involved and I think that is a normal process.

“Freedom of the press is vital, of course. There are rules around that and there are considerable protections for journalists who do reveal things and that, of course, is the right thing to do.”

Sir Kim had been ambassador in Washington for three years.

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