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'Police state': Media and MPs decry Met Police threats to prosecute journalists who publish leaked Kim Darroch cables

Editors, ministers and lawyers have criticised the Metropolitan Police for encroaching on press freedom by warning journalists they could face prosecution for publishing leaked government documents.

Scotland Yard risked turning the UK into a “police state”, MPs claimed, after a senior officer said it may be a “criminal matter” for the media to disclose information contained in official communications.

It came after the Met’s counterterrorism command launched an investigation into the leak of diplomatic memos in which Britain’s ambassador to the US criticised president Donald Trump’s administration.

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