Over 150,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to release a report into Russian election interference.
Downing Street indicated on Monday that it would not allow a 50-page report from the Intelligence and Security Committee to be published before the upcoming general election.
The report examines whether Russia tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 EU referendum and the 2017 general election – and is based on analysis from Britain’s intelligence agencies, and third-party experts.
Dominic Grieve, chair of Committee, said that the government’s reasons for holding back the findings are “plainly bogus”. Downing Street has said that it usually takes weeks for these kinds of sensitive reports to be published, whereas Grieve (who knows a thing or two about this sort of thing) says the PM usually responds within 10 days.
The government’s actions have provoked a strong response, and a Change.Org petition calling for Boris Johnson to release the report has since reached 150,000 signatures.
Colin Carr, who started the petition, said: “As a former journalist, I know the importance of making sure the public are informed – especially during an election. Voters in the UK deserve the right to be told now about the level of any interference.”
It seems clear that the report has evidence that the government doesn’t want us to see.