United Kingdom defense chief fired over Huawei leaks, denies involvement

United Kingdom defense chief fired over Huawei leaks, denies involvement

Responding to an urgent question from the opposition, David Lidington, the cabinet office minister, told MPs: "The prime minister has said she now considers that this matter has been closed and the cabinet secretary does not consider it necessary to refer it to the police".

Last week, the UK's National Security Council, which is chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, agreed to give Huawei limited access to help build parts of its noncore 5G infrastructure.

The government insists no decision has been made about Huawei.

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She stood in as Secretary of State for International Development in 2017, following Priti Patel's resignation over a number of unauthorized meetings with Israeli politicians.


The Metro says he could be jailed for five years if found guilty of a breach of the Official Secrets Act.

However, other government sources disputed Williamson's account, saying the phone call with the Telegraph was not the sole basis of the "compelling" case against him.

Williamson, who rose quickly up the ranks of the governing Conservative Party after backing May to become prime minister in 2016, denied responsibility.

May doubled down on the decision to let Williamson go in a letter confirming his dismissal in which she said: "No other, credible versions of events to explain this leak has been identified".

Labour's deputy leader, and MP for West Bromwich East, said leaking details from a National Security Council meeting was so serious the police should get involved.


Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is under intense scrutiny after the United States told allies not to use its technology because of concerns it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying.

They protested that he had not seen the full evidence against him - and challenged her to trigger a police investigation they claimed would clear his name.

PM Theresa May's government and the British police are telling each other, "the ball's in your court", over whether a criminal investigation should be launched in relation to Gavin Williamson's alleged national security leak.

In fact, according to Sky News defence and security correspondent Alistair Bunkall, Williamson swore on his children's lives that he was not responsible for the leak, and that the whole thing is a big conspiracy.


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