Theresa May Fires Gavin Williamson, Defense Secretary, Over Huawei Leak – The New York Times

Robert L. Strayer, the deputy assistant secretary for cyber and international communications and information policy at the State Department, said any use of the Chinese company posed a potential security risk.

Suffering bitter divisions over Britain’s departure from the European Union, known as Brexit, Mrs. May’s cabinet has been notoriously ill-disciplined of late. But even by its own leaky standards, the disclosure involving Huawei broke new ground and outraged senior officials.

Mr. Williamson, once a close ally of Mrs. May, was replaced by Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, who become the first woman to take the top job at Britain’s defense ministry.

But the sacking marks another low point for Mrs. May and her rocky government, which has lost more than 30 ministers since she came to power in 2016.

Mrs. May’s office released a letter she had written to Mr. Williamson, in what amounted to an extraordinary public shaming of a high-ranking politician.


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