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Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson who was sacked following the disclosure

Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson who was sacked following the disclosure Credit Dominic Lipinski PA

The scandal broke after the Daily Telegraph reported that the United Kingdom was planning to involve Huawei in building the country's 5G network, citing a leak from the National Security Council.

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The leak from the meeting of the National Security Council about Huawei "did not amount to a criminal offence", United Kingdom police have said. He said "no crime has been committed and this is not a matter for the police".

The leak from the council's confidential discussions led to reports in the Daily Telegraph about a plan to allow Huawei limited access to help build the UK's new 5G network.

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Opposition politicians have called for police to investigate the leak.

In a statement, Asst Comm Basu, the head of the Met's Specialist Operations, said: "I have spoken to the Cabinet Office regarding the nature of the material that was discussed in the National Security Council".

Asked if she was convinced Mr Williamson was responsible for the leak of information about the NSC meeting, Mrs May said: "I took the decision that I did". At no time have the police been provided with evidence by the Cabinet Office that a crime has been committed nor has it been suggested that a Gateway process would be required to enable that determination to be made.

I am satisfied that the disclosure did not amount to a criminal offence, either under the Official Secrets Act or Misconduct in a Public Office.

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"It would be inappropriate to carry out a police investigation in these circumstances".

It was understood the information leaked from the meeting was not judged by Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill to be of a classification level that would require a criminal investigation.

According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, Mrs May overruled five ministers who expressed concern that the company's involvement might provide a route for Chinese spying and undermine allies' confidence in the security of United Kingdom communications. "That was the right decision".

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