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Liz Truss’ phone ‘hacked by Putin spies who obtained top secret information’

Liz Truss’ mobile phone was hacked by agents believed to work for Russia’s Vladimir Putin during the Tory leadership race which briefly propelled her into Downing Street, according to a bombshell report.

Opposition parties have demanded an urgent investigation into whether the then-foreign secretary’s phone was hacked by Russian spies this summer and, if so, why the matter was kept hidden from the government. audience.

In office at the time as outgoing Prime Minister, Boris Johnson would have been immediately informed of the hack and would have agreed with his cabinet secretary Simon Case on a “total blackout of information”.

The hackers allegedly had access to sensitive information, including discussions with foreign officials about the war in Ukraine and details of arms deliveries.

Messages between Ms Truss and her 38-day-to-be Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, in which the pair criticized Mr Johnson, were among the messages in a year that were compromised, leading to a potential risk of blackmail, it is claimed .

The phone has now been placed in a locked safe in a government secure location, an individual told the Mail on Sundaywho cited unnamed sources with knowledge of the incident in his report.

“It has caused absolute pandemonium,” another told the newspaper, accusing MM. Johnson and Case for covering it up.

“It’s not a great look for the intelligence services if the Foreign Secretary’s phone can be so easily raided for embarrassing personal messages by agents believed to be working for Putin’s Russia.”

Liz Truss was Foreign Secretary and stood at No 10 at the time of the alleged hack

(Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

Ms Truss is said to have changed her 10-year-old mobile number shortly before entering Downing Street, and her compromised device is now housed in a locked safe inside a government secure location.

Labor Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: ‘There are extremely important national security concerns raised by an attack such as this by a hostile state which will have been taken very seriously by our intelligence and security agencies.

“There are also serious security questions about why and how this information was leaked or published at this time, which also need to be urgently investigated.

“It is essential that all of these security issues are investigated and addressed at the highest level and we need to know that the government recognizes the seriousness of the situation and the importance of fully protecting our national security.”

Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokeswoman Layla Moran called for “an urgent independent investigation to uncover the truth”, adding: “Was Liz Truss’s phone hacked by Russia, is there any there was a power outage and if so, why?

“If it turns out that this information was withheld from the public to protect Liz Truss’s leadership bid, that would be unforgivable.”

Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defense Committee, told Sky News: “I have seen these reports. I don’t know the value or the sources and so on. It’s something for the sister committee, the Intelligence and Security Committee, I think, to investigate further.

The government said it would not comment on individuals’ security arrangements, but a spokesperson added: “The government has robust systems in place to protect against cyber threats.

“This includes regular security briefings for ministers and advice on protecting their personal data and mitigating cyber threats.”

The reports of the hack come as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak resists demands to investigate Suella Braverman for her security breach.

He reappointed her as home secretary just six days after she was kicked out after sharing a sensitive document with a Tory MP from a personal email without permission.


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