Dominic Cummings blamed for leaking Boris Johnson’s text messages

But reports said Downing Street sources are pointing the finger at Mr Cummings, who quit as Mr Johnson’s senior adviser last year following a behind the scenes power struggle in Number 10.

The Times, Daily Telegraph and Sun all reported comments from an insider naming Mr Cummings.

“Dominic is engaged in systematic leaking,” a source told The Times. “We are disappointed about that.

“We are concerned about messages from private WhatsApp groups which have very limited circulation.”

The source suggested the Prime Minister was “saddened” and Mr Cummings was “bitter” after his exit from No 10.

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The leak of the texts to Sir James, in which Mr Johnson promised the entrepreneur he would “fix” a tax issue for Dyson staff working to develop ventilators at the height of the coronavirus crisis last year, was not the first time the Prime Minister’s messages have been made public.

Mr Johnson was sent a text message by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a bid to buy Newcastle United ran into difficulties last June

A No 10 source told The Sun that Mr Johnson “fears Dom was responsible for the text message leaks about James Dyson and Mohammed bin Salman”.

The Telegraph said it is understood Mr Cummings would have had legitimate access to the messages while he worked at No 10.

“If you join the dots it looks like it’s coming from Dom,” a source told the newspaper.

Mr Cummings has not responded to the accusations.

The former Vote Leave mastermind worked closely with Mr Johnson on the Brexit campaign and was a major figure in No 10 after the Prime Minister took office.


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