Theresa May dismiss defense minister over leaks on Huawei

Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May returns to 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017 after making a statement following the as results of a snap general election. A defiant Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Friday to form a new government to lead Britain out of the EU despite losing her majority in a snap general election and facing calls to resign. Although winning the most seats, May's centre-right Conservative party lost its majority in parliament, meaning it will now rely on support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

UNITED KINGDOM (VOP TODAY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Wednesday that Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson would be sacked following an inquiry into a source of leaks that allowed Huawei to develop its fifth-generation communications network.

“The prime minister asked Gavin Williamson this evening to leave the government after she lost confidence in his ability to shoulder his responsibilities as defense minister and member of the government,” a 10 Downing Street spokeswoman said.

In a letter to Williamson, May said the investigation “provides conclusive evidence that you are responsible for the unauthorized disclosure” of the April 23 National Security Council deliberations.

“No other narrative of the events has been identified to explain this leak,” she said.

News of Mai’s intention to allow Huawei to develop fifth-generation networks shook the British government, which already has cracks.

The controversial decision was said to have been taken on April 23 during the meeting.

The discussions of the National Security Council are only attended by ministers and security officials who first sign the law of formal secrecy, which requires them to keep the talks confidential or face the risk of legal accountability.

But the Daily Telegraph reported that May had agreed to grant permission to build “non-core” elements for the newer generation of the communications network.

The United States absolutely opposes cooperation with Huawei because of the company’s obligation under Chinese law to help its government collect intelligence or provide other security services when asked to do so.

According to the British press, State Secretary for Cabinet Affairs Mark Sedwill, the country’s highest-ranking official, gave the attendees a final ultimatum to deny their responsibility for the leak.

Williamson was the first to do so, calling it “unacceptable”.

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