According to a stunning report from The Daily Mail, a vast number of private messages between former British Prime minister Liz Truss and a variety of high level foreign officials, which included secret information about the Ukraine war, were intercepted agents working on behalf of Russia.
The hack was apparently discovered during the Tory leadership campaign in the summer, but the news was suppressed, according to the paper.
The Mail on Sunday claimed that then-prime minister Boris Johnson and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case suppressed details about the hack, citing what it called a “news blackout” imposed by Mr Case.
The alleged hack also revealed private messages exchanged between Ms Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng, her close friend whom she appointed chancellor when she became prime minister.
Although it is unclear how the hack occurred, opposition parties in England have since seized upon the issue for their own political gain.
According to the sources who spoke with the Daily Mail, up to a year’s worth of messages were downloaded from Truss’s phone during the hack.
The message are also thought to have included highly sensitive discussions about the war in Ukraine with senior international foreign ministers, including detailed discussions about arms shipments to the country
Truss has been an outspoken supporter of Ukraine’s war against Russia and has also enthusiastically backed massive arms transfers to the embattled country since the beginning of conflict in February.