British cabinet ministers will be grilled over the leak of a crucial cabinet meeting decision. The Telegraph newspaper reported that ministers would be quizzed by the leak inquiry this weekend and would be expected to hand over their phones….reports Asian Lite News
It also said that May’s chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, had gathered the ministerial aides in Downing Street and told them that anyone found to be responsible for the leak “will not be a member of the government for much longer”.
There have been other calls for the leaker, once identified, to be sacked. Some Conservative backbenchers want the police or MI5 to be called in to help with the investigation, which could become a criminal prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.
The hunt for the leaker is focused on five cabinet ministers who opposed the decision to allow Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company, the right to sell “non core” equipment into the UK’s 5G mobile phone networks. All five have categorically denied they were involved.
Huawei to build 5G infra
Despite security concerns over Chinese companies becoming part of important international projects, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to seek help from Huawei in building the 5G infrastructure for the country.
As part of a signed deal, Huawei would develop the “non-core” parts like antennas and other network components for the UK’s 5G infrastructure, The Verge reported on Tuesday. The decision was finalised by the UK’s National Security Council chaired by the Prime Minister.
However, several politicians in the country criticised the decision fearing that Huawei’s alleged ties to the Chinese government could expose British people, companies and government agencies to cyber attacks and hacking cases, for which the Chinese government is infamously known for.
After several cases of cyber attacks on tech majors, government organisations and multinational organisations in the US, President Donald Trump has been trying to pressure allies to refrain from using Huawei equipment.
All Chinese products are now banned from being used at US-based domestic government agencies. Even contractors are not allowed to use Chinese products in official work capacities.
Australia and New Zealand have both banned Huawei products from being used in domestic telecom infrastructure projects.
In defence, Huawei denies any involvement with the Chinese government and claims China’s reach does not extend beyond its borders.
Chinese government regulates and supervises the practice of the professionals who constitute the highly skilled manpower of the country.
Nonetheless, Huawei is fighting the US government ban on its products in court by attempting to prove the ban is unconstitutional, the report noted.