A leaked Cabinet Office letter has found that there is “no evidence or reasonable grounds” that Russia, or any foreign power for that matter, interfered in the “operational delivery” of last year’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
Business Insider has today reported that Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer wrote a letter to Labour Party representative Ben Bradshaw in which he said he was “confident that there is a negligible risk of a foreign government or agency being able to influence the operational delivery of electoral events in the UK.”
He went on to say “[T]here is no evidence or reasonable grounds for suspicion concerning foreign interference in UK elections or the EU referendum.”
Late last year, Mr. Bradshaw, a former cabinet minister and leading campaigner for ‘Remain’ in the run-up to the referendum – told the House of Commons during an emergency debate on the situation in Syria: “I don’t think we have even begun to wake up to what Russia is doing when it comes to cyber warfare.
“Not only their interference, now proven, in the American presidential campaign, probably in our own referendum last year.”
He conceded to the fact that there is no evidence to back his claims, yet maintained that “it’s highly probable”.
Well, it seems it isn’t highly probably after all!