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Met Police criticized for leak warning

London's Metropolitan Police have come under fire for warning media not to publish the leaked cables that led to the resignation of the United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States, media reported on Saturday.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu (pictured) had previously warned media not publish the leaks and to reach out to the authorities instead. He also called on the person who leaked the e-mails as well as anyone who may have information on the matter to step forward. Basu's remarks were criticized by both ministers and journalists, who described them as the state threatening media freedom. The candidates to be the country's next prime minister, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, also said that Basu was wrong, with both men stating that the leaker should be found but that the press should not be targeted.

In the leaks, which were made public earlier this week, the UK's former ambassador to the US Kim Darroch described President Donald Trump as "incompetent" and "insecure." The latter responded by saying that he would "no longer deal" with him, remarks which culminated in Darroch's resignation.

Breaking the News / DZ