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Leaked Russian interference report raises UK vote questions

Labour Party official says Boris Johnson must speak up

By AP in London
  • Published 17.11.19, 3:09 PM
  • Updated 17.11.19, 3:09 PM
  • a min read
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, accompanies the Conservative party candidate for the Mansfield constituency Ben Bradley canvasing during a General Election campaign trail stop in Mansfield, England, on Saturday, November 16, 2019.Britain goes to the polls on December 12. AP Photo

A senior Labour party official says leaks from a report on Russian interference in British politics raises serious questions about the security of next month’s election.

The Sunday Times says the report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference may have affected Britain’s 2016 Brexit referendum, though the impact was “unquantifiable.” The Times says the report discusses the impact of articles posted by Russian new sites that were widely disseminated on social media.

Emily Thornberry, Labour’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, told the newspaper that Prime Minister Boris Johnson must “clear up the confusion, spin and speculation around this ISC report by publishing it in full at the earliest opportunity.”

She says if the Conservative leader does not, “people will rightly continue to ask: what is he trying to hide from the British public and why?”

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