New leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal 'to spite Obama'

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

Trump earlier had publicly blasted the former British diplomat after reports unveiled details of Darroch's telegrams assessing the USA government and Trump's administration.

Scotland Yard has launched a criminal investigation into the alleged leaking of diplomatic emails involving Britain's former ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch.

Shortly after, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among the deal's most vocal critics, boasted to Likud party activists that he had been the one to convince Trump to pull out of the accord.

The cable sent out on May 8 past year also claimed that the White House had lacked any strategy on how to handle the withdrawal and suggested that there were strong disagreements among Trump's closest advisers.

"Moreover, they can't articulate any "day-after" strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region".

Sir Kim quit his post amid diplomatic furore, after memos he wrote which criticised the Trump administration were published.

"The Metropolitan Police respects the rights of the media and has no intention of seeking to prevent editors from publishing stories in the public interest in a liberal democracy", Mr. Basu said Saturday.

His comments drew a furious tirade from the president who denounced him as a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool", and said the White House would no longer deal with him.

British police said on Friday they had opened an investigation into a leak of confidential memos that led to the resignation of the British ambassador to Washington.

"Given the widely reported consequences of that leak I am satisfied that there has been damage caused to United Kingdom global relations, and there would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice".

According to Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, which reported on Darroch's memos, the envoy wrote there was a "credible path" for Trump winning a second term.

"The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause may also be a criminal matter".

His rival, Mr Johnson, said it was correct the person responsible for the leak was "hunted down and prosecuted" but it was wrong for police to target the media.

This latest publication came despite a warning that journalists may be in breach of the Official Secrets Act.

Basu said journalists and publishers could be in breach of the law if they published further details from the memos. It says that because the Iran nuclear deal was essentially seen as an Obama deal, Trump opted out of it without much regard for the consequences.

In response, a Foreign Office spokesman called it a "totally unacceptable leak" of "sensitive material" and called for the source of the leak to "face the consequences of their actions".

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