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Cabinet ministers were last night scrambling to deny leaking details of a secret meeting on Chinese telecoms firm Huawei as calls for a police inquiry grew.
Five ministers who were said to have been at a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) insisted yesterday that they were not to blame for the damaging leak.
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In the meeting, on Tuesday, the Prime Minister reportedly approved Huawei’s bid to help build Britain’s new 5G mobile network, despite some security concerns. Details of the move triggered a row when they were leaked that evening.
However, attention has since turned to who leaked details of the discussions, which involved senior intelligence officials. Government sources said they believed it had to have been a minister.
Dominic - Grieve - Chairman - Intelligence - Security
Dominic Grieve, chairman of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, suggested yesterday that it was someone on leadership manoeuvres. Former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon even said the police should be called in to investigate, saying the leak was a ‘threat to our security’.
Theresa May’s national security adviser is understood to have begun an inquiry which could lead to whoever was responsible being sacked.
Night - Ministers - Meeting - Leadership - Hopefuls
But last night five ministers said to have been present at the meeting each insisted it was not them. Tory leadership hopefuls Gavin Williamson, Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt and Penny Mordaunt, as well as Liam Fox, denied they were to blame. Three others believed to have been...
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