It looks like Boris Johnson has once again misled the public about the release of the infamous Russia report.
BBC Newsnight’s diplomatic editor, Mark Urban, has reported that the controversial report is still months away from being released. Tweeting yesterday, Urban said: “I’m told it’s likely some time between April and June.”
Only the Intelligence and Security Committee can publish the document and, thanks to the recent general election, this committee needs to be re-elected.
This timeframe is at odds with the Prime Minister’s promise earlier this week that the document would be published “within weeks”.
Urban also claims that Number 10 has made “extensive” redactions to the document (i.e. hiding certain sensitive paragraphs). Intelligence agencies have similarly made redactions to the document, so it’s highly unlikely we will know which sections Downing Street chose to hide.
The report examines whether Russia tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 EU referendum and the 2017 general election.
Sources have alleged to Urban that the final report contains “no astounding revelations on election interference or Tory cash,” though with so many redactions it seems certain that we will never know for sure.