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Russians hacked into UK minister’s emails to obtain sensitive trade document: Report

Sensitive trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 general election in an effort to interfere with the ballot were hacked from a former minister, it has emerged.

A report by Reuters said that hackers accessed the account of Liam Fox several times between mid-July and late October 2019.

Fox was international trade minister in former Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet but lost his role on July 24 in a cabinet reshuffle after Boris Johnson won the Conservative Party leadership contest.

It is unclear which of his email accounts — whether the ministerial one or the parliamentary one — was hacked.

Among the information stolen were documents on the UK and US trade negotiations.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused “Russian actors” of meddling in the December 2019 general election last month by fraudulently acquiring and disseminating “sensitive” documents on social media.

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