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Boris Johnson fails to set date for release of Russia report

Boris Johnson has failed to set a firm date for the release of a report on Russian interference in UK politics.

In his first extended interview since becoming Prime Minister, Johnson was asked when exactly the infamous Russia report will be released.

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Rather than commit to a firm date, however, the PM settled for vague platitudes, saying it would arrive “in due course”.

Asked whether it would be released within weeks or months, Johnson thrust his arms in the air and said “weeks,” before then adding, “I don’t know how many”.

Johnson insists there is nothing malicious contained in the document, which poses the question: why exactly hasn’t it been released yet?

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.

The government held off releasing the report prior to the general election, causing a public outcry, and now insists the report cannot be made public until a new chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee is appointed.

Whatever is contained within the document, whether it is damning or not, the public has a right to know the extent to which our democracy is being corrupted by outside influence

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