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Huawei 5G leak not a criminal offence: police

The top-secret leak that Britain had conditionally allowed China’s Huawei to develop its 5G network does not amount to a criminal offence, police concluded on Saturday.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday sacked Gavin Williamson as Defence Secretary over the leak last month of the bitterly-disputed decision made at the April 23 meeting of the National Security Council. Some senior Opposition figures called for a police investigation. In a statement on Saturday, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of Specialist Operations at London’s Metropolitan Police, said a probe would be inappropriate.

“I am satisfied that what was disclosed did not contain information that would breach the Official Secrets Act,” said Mr. Basu, whose section is responsible for investigating alleged criminal breaches of the Act.

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