Britain’s defense secretary has been ousted

Britain’s defense secretary has been ousted following an inquiry into how information about the United Kingdom’s 5G network was leaked from the government’s National Security Council.

Prime Minister Theresa May indicated in a statement released by Downing Street that she had lost confidence in Defense Minister Gavin Williamson, The Guardian reported.

The defense chief was removed despite him denying being the source of the leak about Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s involvement in the U.K.’s 5G network.

“The prime minister has this evening asked Gavin Williamson to leave the government, having lost confidence in his ability to serve in the role of defence secretary and as a member of her cabinet,” read the statement.

The Guardian reported that the prime minister’s office also released a letter from May to Williamson indicating that the firing came due to an unwillingness to fully comply with the government’s inquiry.

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