Scott Morrison has been accused ofbetween himself and Emmanuel Macron, who has accused the PM of lying. Scott Morrison has been accused of leaking private text messages between himself and in an extraordinary escalation of the diplomatic crisis. On Monday, the French President said, “I don’t think, I know,” when quizzed by journalists if he thought the had lied to him about canceling the $90bn submarine contract with Australia. Less than 24 hours after the French of lying, private text correspondence promptly emerged, undermining Mr. Macron’s account.
The text messages, published in Theon Monday at 6 pm, were provided as evidence by an unnamed source to prove that Macron knew the subs deal was in trouble long ago. “Macron messaged the Prime Minister to was seeking a call and said, “Should I expect good or bad news for our joint submarine ambitions?’’ the report stated. The prime minister’s office’s and the French President for domestic consumption would be an extraordinary diplomatic move.
Speaking in Glasgow,editor Andrew Probyn challenged the Prime Minister directly regarding whether he or his office had leaked the private text messages at his instruction. “Why did you decide to leak that text message,’’ the was asked. After dodging the question, the was asked again, “why the messages were leaked.” Mr. Morrison did not deny they were leaked but said, “I am not going to indulge your editorial on it.” “What I will is this. We were contacted when we were trying to set up the call. (The French President) He was concerned that this would be a that could result in a decision by Australia not to proceed.”
He was also asked in the press conference whether he replied to the reported text message from Mr. Macron, effectively confirming the as written were accurate by saying that he had. The leaked text messages, designed to challenge the French President’s claim that the is a liar, were also published by The Australian Financial Review on Monday night. But texts also appear to confirm the and the cancellation two days before it was announced on live TV. The AFR report, published at 8.55 pm, also stated that the French President told Scott Morrison in June, “I don’t like losing,” after the felt the French submarines were unfit for purpose.
During the press conference in Glasgow, Mr. Morrison provided the most comprehensive public account of his reasoning behind breaking the contract with France and his attempts to explain to the French President that the agreement was in trouble. The report replicated, word for word, the text messages Thehad claimed to have been sent in September by the French President, two days before Mr. the formation of the AUKUS alliance. The report also stated that Mr. Macron messaged the to ask: “Should I expect good or bad news for our joint submarine ambitions?’’ citing unnamed government sources.