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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