The UK Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson has been sacked after an inquiry was launched into the leak of a National Security Council top-level meeting. According to a statement from the office of the UK Prime Ministry of the UK, it read that the PM had “lost confidence” in Williamson’s ability to serve. Penny Mordaunt has been penned to take his position.
The inquiry was launched after a leak which revealed that the Chinese firm, Huawei will be given a limited access to help build the UK’s new 5G network. Williamson has unequivocally denied his role in leaking the information.
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister Theresa May held discussions with Mr. Williamson in which he told him she had information which provided undeniable evidence that Williamson was involved in the unauthorized disclosure of a confidential information.
While issuing a dismissal letter, the Prime Minister wrote “No other, credible version of events to explain this leak has been identified”.
Mr. Williamson has responded to the Prime Minister’s letter saying he was “confident” that he was not involved adding that “I appreciate you offering me the option to resign, but to resign would have been to accept that I, my civil servants, my military advisers or my staff were responsible: this was not the case,”.
Prior to Williamson’s sack, there had been a report from the Daily Telegraph on Huawei’s decision which warned that the Chinese telecom would pose a security risk if allowed to help build the nation’s new 5G network.