Clinton slams UK delay of Russia report

Hillary Clinton says Britons deserve to see the report on Russian meddling before the UK election.
Hillary Clinton says Britons deserve to see the report on Russian meddling before the UK election.

Britain's failure to publish a parliamentary report on alleged Russian meddling is "inexplicable and shameful", former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says.

The report by parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has been cleared by the security services but it has not yet been given approval for publication by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street office, meaning it will not be released before a December 12 election.

Britain has accused Russia of meddling and trying to interfere in western elections. Moscow has repeatedly denied any meddling and says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria.

The ISC was examining allegations of Russian activity aimed at the United Kingdom, including in the 2016 referendum on EU membership, when Johnson was a leading campaigner to leave.

Clinton, who has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 Presidential election which she lost to Donald Trump, said Britons deserved to see the report before heading to the polls.

"I find it inexplicable that your government will not release a government report about Russian influence. Inexplicable and shameful," the former senator and US secretary of state told the BBC.

"Every person who votes in this country deserves to see that report before your election happens."

Australian Associated Press