Sacked Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson denies Huawei leak

Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson, who was sacked as Defence Secretary by Theresa May has denied all allegations that he was behind the Huawei leak, and would welcome an investigation, despite the Government declining.

A Downing Street source said that May had “lost confidence in his ability to serve”, after he was sacked as Defence Secretary. According to one BBC journalist on Twitter, May said to Williamson that there was ‘compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility’ with no other credible explanation in the Huawei leak.

However, Williamson has hit back at allegations and his sacking saying in an interview that he swears on his children’s life that he did not leak the Huawei news.

The leak came after a top-level National Security Council meeting about allowing Huawei limited access to help build the UK’s new 5G network. The inquiry into the National Security Council leak began after the Daily Telegraph reported on the Huawei decision and subsequent warnings within cabinet about possible risks to national security over a deal with Huawei.

May had said that the leak from the meeting on 23 April was “an extremely serious matter and a deeply disappointing one”.

Williamson said that he would welcome an investigation after his response to May stated that he was “confident” that a “thorough and formal inquiry” would have “vindicated” his position.

“I appreciate you offering me the option to resign, but to resign would have been to accept that I, my civil servants, my military advisers or my staff were responsible: this was not the case,” he said.

Willliamson also said in a Sky News interview that he believed his sacking is the settling of a vendetta between him and Mark Sedwill, the Cabinet Secretary.

Williamson’s allies also claim that his sacking was a politically motivated decision made because Mr Sedwill asked the prime minister to sack him over historical disagreements between the pair.

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, said the “obvious conclusion” to Mrs May’s letter is that Mr Williamson should face a criminal inquiry, a call that has been seconded by at least one other unnamed Conservative MP. However, Scotland Yard have said they are not involved in any investigation of the National Security Council leak.

Huawei has denied there is any risk of spying or sabotage, or that it is controlled by the Chinese government.

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