Liz Truss’s Phone Was Hacked By Vladimir Putin’s Agents: Report
Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss’ personal phone was hacked by spies suspected of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin when she was foreign minister, the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.
The spies had access to “top secret details” of negotiations with international allies in addition to private messages exchanged with Kwasi Kwarteng, Truss’ close friend, the report said. , who later became finance minister, the report said.
The messages are believed to include discussions with senior international foreign ministers about the war in Ukraine, including details of arms shipments, it added.
Mail said a year’s worth of downloaded messages, citing unnamed sources.
A UK government spokesman declined to comment on “individuals’ security arrangements”.
“The government has robust systems in place to protect against cyber threats. That includes regular security briefings for Ministers and advice on protecting their personal data. and mitigate cyber threats,” the spokesperson added.
The hack was discovered during the Conservative Party leader’s election campaign that led to Truss becoming prime minister, the Mail reported.
Truss left office last week as prime minister and was succeeded by Rishi Sunak.
The Mail said the messages that fell into foreign hands included criticisms of Johnson made by Truss and Kwarteng, which “lead to the risk of extortion”.
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