Former British prime minister Boris Johnson will hand over WhatsApp messages from his old mobile phone to the Covid-19 Inquiry in the UK after technical experts managed to recover them, his spokesman has said.
Mr Johnson was told to stop using the device over security concerns after it emerged that his number had been online for years.
He then reportedly forgot the passcode. The probe into the Johnson administration's management of the pandemic had demanded to see messages dating from the height of lockdown.
But a spokesman said that the former Conservative Party MP was "pleased that technical experts have now successfully recovered all relevant messages from the device". "As repeatedly stated, he will now deliver this material in unredacted form to the inquiry," the spokesman added in a statement. "The inquiry process requires that a security check of this material is now made by the Cabinet Office.