News World Britain investigating whether leaked trade papers were hacked - sources

Britain investigating whether leaked trade papers were hacked – sources

British cyber security officials are investigating whether classified UK-U.S. trade documents that were shared online ahead of Thursday’s election were acquired by hacking or were leaked, two sources told Reuters.

Beside the fears that Russia could be meddling in another Western election, the disclosure of the classified documents has raised questions about the security of sensitive discussions between the United States and one of its closest allies.

Britain’s opposition Labour Party seized on the documents, saying they showed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives were plotting to sell off parts of the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in trade talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Johnson has repeatedly denied that claim while Trump, who in July said the NHS would be on the table in trade talks, said last week he would not be interested in the health service even if it was offered to him by Britain on a “silver platter”.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ signals intelligence agency, is helping the government to investigate how the documents got into the public domain. It declined to comment on the investigation.

Two sources told Reuters that one of the lines of inquiry was to determine whether or not the documents had been hacked.

“There are clearly indicators to suggest there is more than carelessness or a disgruntled individual behind this,” said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive national security nature of the investigation.

A third source said the investigation was looking at whether the documents were leaked from inside the United Kingdom.

Reuters on Dec. 2 reported that the way the documents were first shared on social media site Reddit and then promoted online closely resembled a disinformation campaign uncovered earlier this year.

Reddit said on Friday that the leak was tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign.

The Kremlin, which says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria, has denied it meddles in Western democracies.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Neil Young sues Donald Trump’s campaign for using his songs

Neil Young sued U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign on Tuesday, accusing it of copyright infringement for playing the rocker's songs without permission. In a...

Ten migrants killed in Alexadroupolis car accident

Greek police οn Wednesday said a car transporting migrants who recently entered the country crashed into roadworks on a highway outside Alexandroupolis, killing ten...

Bank of Cyprus again set to reduce staff-related costs

Bank of Cyprus is set to reduce staff-related costs with changes in salaries and early retirement and part time employment options again on the...

Fine art and face masks: London’s Victoria and Albert Museum reopens

Five thousand years of art and design history will be joined by some more modern items when London's Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum reopens...

Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut

Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020.

Taste

Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...