Investigation needed into Liz Truss Russian phone hacking allegations: Yorkshire Post says


But now the same stark assessment has been given by former British army chief Lord Dannatt over reports that his personal phone was hacked by Russian spies.

The Mail on Sunday reported that Kremlin operatives who hacked into Ms Truss’s phone when she was foreign secretary were said to have gained access to sensitive exchanges with foreign officials about Ukraine, as well as conversations private with Kwasi Kwarteng.

Lord Dannatt said the revelations, which come shortly after Home Secretary Suella Braverman temporarily quit her post due to a security breach involving the use of personal emails, put the spotlight on evidence of “poor discipline” at the top of the government.

File photo dated 25/9/2019 of Liz Truss using a mobile phone while being kicked out of the House of Commons, London. The government has been told to launch an urgent investigation following reports that Truss’s phone has been hacked. Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

His argument that our leaders should be disciplined enough to communicate only through authorized secure means is by no means controversial. Rather, it should be a basic expectation of those charged with running the country.

It’s no surprise that there are now cross-party calls for an investigation into the alleged leak – along with associated claims that details of the breach, apparently uncovered when Ms Truss ran for the Tory leadership this summer, were “taken down” by Boris Johnson, then Prime Minister, and Simon Case, Cabinet Secretary.

With the Government currently resisting any investigation, Tobias Ellwood, the Conservative chairman of the Commons Defense Committee, believes it is legitimate for Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee to investigate further.

This is a serious national security issue that has ramifications for whether our allies feel able to trust our senior politicians with sensitive information.

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