Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has refused to explain what action she is taking following an unprecedented leak of information from the National Security Council. Information discussed at the council’s meeting on Tuesday was leaked to the Daily Telegraph with rumours that the Prime Minister may have now ordered a criminal investigation into the breach.
The spokesperson for the Prime Minister also refused to confirm a report made in the Guardian Newspaper that Sir Mark Sedwill, the Cabinet Secretary, had written to those present at the meeting. The leak from the National Security Council means that the Government may have lost some control over security secrets despite all those at the meeting having signed the Official Secrets Act.
Sir Michael Fallon, the former Conservative Defence Secretary, said that the breach was so serious that it required police action to investigate the breach of trust. All of the Cabinet Ministers at the meeting have issued denials that they were responsible for the leak and Jeremy Wright, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has confirmed that a criminal investigation hasn’t been ruled out.