Michael Gove defends Suella Braverman for breach of security as Liz Truss’ phone was hacked by Russia

Labor will try to force the government to publish its assessments of the Suella Braverman security breach.

The Home Secretary was sacked by Liz Truss over the breach, which she claimed she “promptly reported” after learning about it.

However, it has now emerged that Ms Braverman emailed a member of staff telling her to ‘delete and ignore’ the sensitive message which forced her to quit.

After sending the original email to the wrong person at 7:52 a.m., the recipient told him it had been sent to him in error 38 minutes later.

The reply from Ms Braverman’s account was then sent at 10.02am and said: ‘Please can you delete the post and ignore it.’

Now Mr Gove has rejected calls for the Government to release detailed documents about the breach, insisting he is “more than happy” with his reappointment as Home Secretary.

Labor is calling on the government to publish its assessments of the incident, which the leveling secretary has rejected.

He told the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg: “When we release everything, we also potentially release information that can compromise the effective functioning, not just of government, but of national security itself.

“I also want to critically make sure that what we don’t do, based on the imperfect information that’s in the public domain, rushes us into judgment in a way that I think is inappropriate.”

When asked if Ms Braverman was a politician of integrity, Mr Gove replied: “Absolutely.

“I am satisfied, more than satisfied, that by stepping down, accepting responsibility, apologizing and then being assured by the Cabinet Secretary and the Prime Minister that Suella’s return to power was the right thing, that Suella is now able to do the work she is dedicated to doing.

Confronted with the email, Mr Gove insisted his request was ‘standard practice’.

He suggested Ms Braverman faces opposition because she is ‘brave’ and ‘making change’.

“You only get flaked if you go over the target,” the senior curator said.

The former reporter also appeared to blame the media for the furor around the case, saying, “It becomes a distraction if people ask these questions.”

Mr Sunak is now coming under increasing pressure over his nomination, with the SNP claiming he has ‘engulfed’ the party in a scandal.

SNP Shadow Home Secretary MP Stuart McDonald said: “Rishi Sunak undermined his credibility and broke his promise of integrity by entering into a dodgy deal with Suella Braverman to shore up his own position.

“The Conservative Home Secretary’s appalling record of breaking cabinet code and repeatedly leaking sensitive government information makes her singularly unfit for office.

“The Prime Minister engulfed the Conservative government in sordidness and scandal days after entering Downing Street. He is distracting the UK government from the essential task of solving the Tory economic crisis by keeping Ms Braverman in her role.

“The UK Government must now ensure maximum transparency and publish all relevant information regarding the Home Secretary’s leaks and breaches, including the full advice given to Mr Sunak on his appointment.

“And the Home Secretary is due to come to Parliament to answer questions from MPs. Not just about her leaks – but also about the shocking reports that she ignored advice to move people out of Manston, which resulted in overcrowding, a diphtheria epidemic and illegal detentions.”

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, has warned the Government it cannot ‘play fast and right’ with national security, as she repeated Labour’s calls for Rishi Sunak to he fires Mrs. Braverman.

She said: ‘You can’t have a home secretary who the security service doesn’t trust, who important government information doesn’t trust.

“We believe that the documents and warnings that have been provided by the Cabinet Office and by the Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office should be sent to the Intelligence and Security Committee.

“So far we have repeatedly asked if the Home Secretary has used her personal phone to send other government documents.

“There are also questions about whether she has been investigated for other security leaks, including around a matter involving the security department, and around a matter involving sensitive legal advice around Northern Ireland.”

Ms Braverman – nicknamed ‘Leaky Sue’ – is believed to have already been investigated by government officials after an article implicating the security services was leaked.

The Daily Mail reported that MI5 played a role in the investigation after the leak when Ms Braverman was attorney general sparked “concern” within the security service.

It comes with the Home Secretary also under fire over allegations that she ignored advice that migrants were being held illegally for long periods at Manston asylum processing center in Kent, claims that the Home Office was dismissed as “completely baseless”.

The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to publish the advice allegedly ignored by Ms Braverman.

Downing Street insists Ms Braverman has the ‘full confidence’ of Mr Sunak.

It came on a day when Mr Gove did not deny an incendiary report that Ms Truss’ home phone had been hacked by Russian spies/

Asked about the allegations, Mr Gove told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge program on Sunday: ‘I don’t know the full details of the security breach, if any, that took place.

“What I do know is that the government has very robust protocols in place to ensure that individuals are protected, but also that government security and national security are also protected.”

He said he couldn’t discuss national security issues because “loose lips can sink ships when it comes to these issues.”

The former British Army chief said Ms Truss’ use of a personal phone indicated ‘poor discipline’.

Lord Dannatt told Times Radio: “Our leaders must be disciplined enough to communicate only by authorized means, which themselves are encrypted and secure.

“We’ve seen it with Suella Braverman, apparently sending messages she shouldn’t have done on personal email, and now we’re getting it with Liz Truss.

“That, frankly, is not good enough.”

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