Cabinet minister Michael Gove has rejected claims the federal government is suppressing a report on alleged Russian interference in UK democracy till after the overall election.
Sources stated No 10 was stalling on releasing the report, which had gained the usual safety clearance.
Former head of MI5, Lord Evans of Weardale, is amongst these calling for the doc to be launched.
Mr Gove stated the report was “going through appropriate procedures”.
“It’s been lodged with Number 10 and it will be published in due course,” he informed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Asked if it will be printed earlier than the overall election on 12 December, he stated: “I don’t know.”
The report, by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, was finalised in March and referred to No 10 on 17 October.
It examines Russian exercise together with allegations of espionage, subversion and interference in elections and contains proof from UK intelligence providers resembling GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 regarding covert Russian makes an attempt to affect the end result of the 2016 EU referendum and 2017 basic election.
Approval for its publication has but to be given.
Lord Evans, who was MI5 director basic till 2013, informed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that ministers ought to clarify why they weren’t ready to launch the report.
“In principle, I think it should be released,” he stated.
“Part of the reason for having an Intelligence and Security Committee is that issues of public concern can be properly considered and the public can be informed through the publication of the reports once they have gone through the security process.”
He added: “If the government have a reason why this should not be published before the election, then I think they should make it very clear what that reason is.”
On Monday, ex-terrorism watchdog Lord Anderson stated any additional delay would “invite suspicion” of the federal government’s motives forward of the election.