Britain must get to bottom of Huawei leak — Finance minister




News that Britain’s National Security Council, attended by senior ministers and spy chiefs, had agreed on Tuesday to bar Huawei from all core parts of the country’s 5G network and restrict its access to non-core elements was leaked to a national newspaper.

The leak of secret discussions has sparked anger in parliament and amongst Britain’s intelligence community.

Britain’s most senior civil servant Mark Sedwill has launched an inquiry and written to ministers who were at the meeting.

“My understanding from London (is) that an investigation has been announced into apparent leaks from the NSC meeting earlier this week,” Hammond said, speaking on the sidelines of a summit on China’s Belt and Road initiative in Beijing.

“To my knowledge there has never been a leak from a National Security Council meeting before and therefore I think it is very important that we get to the bottom of what happened here,” he told Reuters in a pooled interview.

On Thursday, British culture minister Jeremy Wright said he could not rule out a criminal investigation.

According to media reports, the majority of the ministers at the NSC meeting have said they were not involved.

Hammond said he was unaware of any previous leak from a meeting of the NSC.

“It’s not about the substance of what was apparently leaked.

“It’s not earth-shattering information.

“However, it is important that we protect the principle that nothing that goes on in national Security Council meetings must ever be repeated outside the room,” Hammond said.

Allowing Huawei a reduced role in building its 5G network puts Britain at odds with the U.S. which has told allies not to use its technology at all because of fears it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying.

However, Huawei has categorically denied this.

There have been concerns that the NSC’s conclusion, which sources confirmed to Reuters, could upset other allies in the world’s leading intelligence-sharing network, the Five Eyes alliance of the U.S., Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

However, British ministers and intelligence officials have said any final decision on 5G would not put critical national infrastructure at risk.

FG launches digital Nigeria portal, mobile app 20th Anniversary: ICPC commends Enugu residents for joining in crusade against corruption Security: NIS trains 320 personnel for North-West operations  Lagos by-elections: We’ll win by landslide – APC Premier League has one month to decide on any handball law change request Oct.1: China honours 49 outstanding Nigerians working for Chinese coys in Nigeria Portuguese team walk back from stadium after Cup defeat 2020/2021 Legal Year: Kogi CJ assures of speedy, efficient administration of justice Corruption: Buhari vows to check `greed of a callous few’ Council chairman condemns assassination attempt on Nsukka market leader ICPC not targeting lawmakers with Constituency Projects Tracking – Chairman Lawmaker  appeals for release of abducted ECDA chairman in Nasarawa State  LASG inaugurates team to curtail encroachment on Magodo road Military sustains air onslaught against terrorists, hits hideouts in Borno Lagarde’s peace at risk as ECB splits over virus response – sources Association urges police to redouble efforts on security in Abuja Nigeria at 60: Citizens caution FG on foreign borrowings Kano SUBEB trains 50 teachers on toy making Mixed reactions trail NLC strike suspension in Oyo state Black designers celebrated at Milan fashion week Delta lawmaker constructs classroom blocks in Adonte Community Rep. Akande-Sadipe salutes Adelabu at 50 Lagos: Council chairman visits Idi-Araba community to assess impact of flooding Uber granted 18-month London licence after legal battle 661 more arrests in Malaysia over pandemic rule breaking Police arraign 2 over alleged cult membership Strike over oil sector deregulation not necessary – Don Cross River earmarks 10,000 hactares for Cocoa cultivation Police docked Fake Visa Agent for alleged Fraud in Osun Cobbler in court for allegedly buying 2 stolen plasma TV sets 262 communities benefit from World Bank sponsored 741 projects in Zamfara NABDA’s Director – General says agency is determined to deploy technology to Nigerians Students turn out in large numbers as Enugu schools resume Delta Govt. executes 182 projects in 91 communities Women’s golf events in Saudi Arabia set for November Expert urges revisit of nation’s development blueprint for increased agro-productivity, export Nigeria at 60: Expert advocates tax education for robust revenue generation Heat take down Celtics, move on to NBA Finals Kaduna: FRSC convicts 262 traffic offenders in 8 months 5 more United States soldiers in S/Korea test positive for COVID-19 Security guard in court for allegedly stealing electronics worth N1.5m Examining the prospects and problems of Anchor Borrowers’ Programme Merkel visits Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital Suspect in downing of flight MH17 denies any involvement at trial China supports UN’s role in global anti-COVID-19 fight- Chinese FM Expert stresses need to develop nutritious foods using genetic modification technology Turkey prepares second indictment on 6 Khashoggi murder suspects -report India’s virus cases top 6m amid concerns over festivals, polls Upcoming G20 Leaders’ Summit to build on successes of March extraordinary webinar MURIC urges S/West governors to recruit OPC members into ‘Amotekun’