Boris Johnson admits to mistakes in handling of Kim Darroch affair

Tory frontrunner says former US envoy confirmed TV debate was a factor in his resignation

Boris Johnson belatedly admitted to failures in his handling of the leaked cables issue that led to the resignation of a British diplomat as he came under intense political pressure on Friday.

In a tense interview on the BBC, the would-be prime minister acknowledged that his refusal to explicitly back Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s outgoing ambassador to Washington, amid a diplomatic row had been a factor in the envoy’s decision to step down. But he insisted that his remarks had been misrepresented to Darroch.

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