British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under fire because of the secrecy of a possible alarming report about Russian interference in the British elections. The report states, among other things, that the Kremlin has tried to infiltrate the Conservative Party of Johnson through diplomatic channels to influence the elections.
Johnson wants to reveal the fifty-page secret service report only after the December 12 elections, reports The Guardian. He gave no reason for that decision. That did not go well with the other parties in parliament.
Dominic Grieve, the chairman of the committee investigating the case, called Johnson’s decision “astonishing.” The Labor and Scottish National Party opposition parties do not have a good word for secrecy. According to the parties, Johnson refuses to face the seriousness of the case.
According to Downing Street, there would not be enough time to approve the report for publication before the dissolution of the parliament. But sources have told The Guardian that the report was already ready on October 17 and that the secret services had already given their approval for publication of the report.
“The rules are clear. If the prime minister has a good reason to prevent publication, he must explain to the committee what it is and indicate this within ten days of receiving the report. If not, it should be published,” says Grieve.
The report specifically addresses Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 EU referendum. The members of the committee, who are secretly meeting due to the sensitivity of the work, had intended to make recommendations before the elections for anti-interference measures. to implement.