'Jeremy Hunt has confirmed the Government is probing whether Sir Kim Darroch's scathing memos about Donald Trump were deliberately leaked by a 'hostile state'.
The UK ambassador to the US has been embroiled in a huge political row after leaked memos revealed him calling Trump 'inept and incompetent', with the Government probing how they came to be released to the media.
But now the Foreign Office is considering whether Russia hacked Sir Kim to unveil messages that would 'cause maximum embarrassment and harm' to officials on both sides of the pond.
They believe hackers could have launched a cyber attack to obtain files and damage UK-US relations.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told The Sun: 'Of course it would be massively concerning if it was the act of a foreign, hostile state.
'I've seen no evidence that that's the case, but we'll look at the leak inquiry very carefully.
'They are going to follow all avenues of inquiry to try to understand how this happened. That's something that will be considered.'
The Cabinet Office is leading the inquiry amid fears the culprit could be someone intent on damaging Britain's relations with the US.
One Whitehall source told the Mail: 'Someone meticulously went through the cables and picked out the ones designed to cause maximum embarrassment and harm.'
A second Government source thought it looked like something 'out of Russia's playbook'.
It comes after outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May said Sir Kim had her 'full faith', despite his claims Trump's White House is 'dysfunctional'.'
Read more: Did RUSSIA leak bombshell memos from UK's Man In Washington? Jeremy Hunt confirms probe is looking at a 'hostile state' trying to damage Britain's relationship with Trump
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