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The former British US ambassador has been investigated over an affair with a CNN journalist


The former British US ambassador has been investigated over an affair with a CNN journalist after it was alleged that he shared the White House secrets with her

  • Kim Darroch allegedly shared secrets with a former CNN reporter
  • The White House suspected that Darroch pointed this out to Michelle Kosinski
  • His "affair" with Kosinski allegedly began in early 2018, which he denies
  • The ambassador was cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation by the Justice Department
  • Darroch resigned from Washington last year after classifying Trump as "incompetent".

The former British ambassador to the United States was investigated last night over an alleged affair with a journalist.

Kim Darroch allegedly shared White House secrets with former CNN reporter Michelle Kosinski.

The married 66-year-old was later exempt from wrongdoing after an investigation by the Justice Department.

Former British Ambassador Kim Darroch and his wife Vanessa posted together in 2018. Darrock has been investigated over an alleged affair with a CNN journalist – Michelle Kosinski. He was later cleared of wrongdoing following an investigation by the Justice Department

The suspicions among US officials reportedly came after a series of articles by Miss Kosinski, 46, which contained highly sensitive information about the Trump administration.

Lord Darroch was reportedly suspected of briefing Miss Kosinski of plans to appoint CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, which later happened.

Ms Kosinski is also believed to have heard of Mr Pompeo's plans to travel to North Korea to help drive the return of three US citizens. No story was reported, but the White House was more interested in Miss Kosinski.

She also apparently raised her eyebrows when she was informed of US plans for harsh sanctions against Russia.

The secret proposals were reportedly discussed privately with allies in France, Germany and the UK before being announced on April 6.

A source told The Sun that Miss Kosinski "knew about these sanctions before they were announced". She also became concerned after learning of a feud between Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

US officials believed that Michelle Kosinski, pictured at left with her British husband Kimbell Duncan at the 2015 White House correspondents dinner, had been briefed by Lord Darroch on highly sensitive information from the Trump administration

US officials believed that Michelle Kosinski, pictured at left with her British husband Kimbell Duncan at the 2015 White House correspondents dinner, had been briefed by Lord Darroch of highly sensitive information from the Trump administration

Lord Darroch has been married for 42 years and has two grown children.

He has vehemently denied any inappropriateness and suggestions that he leaked the stories. His affair with the journalist allegedly began in early 2018.

The Sun said it saw "intimate" messages between the two detailing their plans to meet.

The US authorities investigated the alleged relationship in detail, fearing that Lord Darroch could be blackmailed by hostile states.

Miss Kosinski, who is also married, left her post on CNN just five months after the envoy left his top job, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Lord Darroch resigned from his post in Washington last July after leaked cables revealed that he had classified Mr. Trump as "incompetent".

Lord Darroch resigned from his post in Washington last July after leaked cables revealed that he had classified Mr. Trump as "incompetent". Pictured: Donald Trump greets Kim Darroch

Lord Darroch resigned from his post in Washington last July after leaked cables revealed that he had classified Mr. Trump as "incompetent". Pictured: Donald Trump greets Kim Darroch

He also claimed the President "exudes uncertainty" and told British officials that when they meet him they "must start praising him for something he has done".

Officials are likely shocked by the allegation that one of Britain's top diplomats had an affair with a journalist who could have published related material.

Miss Kosinski was asked for a comment last night.

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