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Darroch cables: Boris Johnson says prosecuting journalists over diplomatic leak would be 'chilling infringement of press freedom'

Prosecution of newspapers for publishing the leaked messages of the UK’s ambassador in Washington would amount to an “infringement of press freedom”,  Boris Johnson has said.

A leading supporter of the Tory leadership frontrunner, former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, today suggested that the Mail on Sunday may have breached the Official Secrets Act by printing excerpts from Sir Kim Darroch’s reports last weekend.

But Mr Johnson said that it “can’t conceivably be right” for media organisations to face legal action over the leak.

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