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Police warning to media over diplomat's leaked memos stirs anger

Police warning to media over diplomat's leaked memos stirs anger

"However, you are now also responsible for diverting busy detectives from undertaking their core mission", Basu said, adding that anyone with information about the alleged leak or those responsible should contact the police. You can stop this now.

Darroch quit after Donald Trump labelled him "stupid" and "wacky" following the leaking of the memos in which he branded the US president's administration inept.

Announcing the criminal investigation on Friday, the Met's Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the alleged leak had damaged United Kingdom worldwide relations, reports the BBC. "Turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences", Basu's statement read.

President Trump branded him "a very stupid guy" after confidential emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration "clumsy and inept".

"We will no longer deal with him".

Mr Basu said in his statement: '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'.

"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.

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

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"I think that the conduct of Boris Johnson has discredited him enormously in the eyes of many people in this country", Sir Alan said. A diplomatic source told Reuters that the lack of support from Johnson during a televised debate with his rival for the premiership, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, had also been a factor.

Security minister Ben Wallace said members of the public were bound by parts of the Official Secrets Act.

"There were lots of factors in his resignation and I would suggest President Trump's response, and the President had actually banned him, made it very hard for him to do his job".

The exposure of Ambassador Kim Darroch's confidential communications has caused a stir across the Atlantic.

"Some people just told me. he actually said very good things about me", Trump said.

According to some Whitehall sources, Sir Kim made a decision to resign after Mr Johnson failed to fully support him during a TV debate on Tuesday night.

"I wish the British ambassador well", he told reporters in Washington.

He warned, however, that the British needed to stop their "leaking problems" following the transatlantic war of words in recent days.