Boris Johnson confronts Biden over death of British teenager hit by suspected U.S. spy

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confronted President Joe Biden over the death of a British teenager killed during a head-on collision in England by a suspected CIA agent who later fled the country.

Johnson raised the case with Biden and called for justice for the family of Harry Dunn, according to 10 Downing Street.

“The PM raised the tragic Harry Dunn case with President Biden and reiterated that the U.K. wants to see justice done for the family,” a spokesperson for Johnson said.

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“Harry’s parents are very pleased to see that the PM has taken the opportunity to raise the case with President Biden at the first available opportunity," a spokesperson for the Dunn family told the Press Association.

Dunn's mother called on Biden to "put the wrong right" and meet with her during his trip.

The woman accused of killing Dunn, Anne Sacoolas, was driving on the wrong side of the road outside of a Royal Air Force base in Croughton, England, where U.S. intelligence agencies have a known presence and where her husband was reportedly employed.

Sacoolas was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and was referred to at the time as "the wife of a U.S. diplomat." But an attorney representing Sacoolas in a Virginia court this year said she was working for the U.S. intelligence community.

According to Sacoolas’s lawyer, “Mr. and Mrs. Sacoolas were employed by an intelligence agency of the United States, and that’s why she left,” according to an audio link of the case reported in February by the Press Association.

The attorney could not “completely, candidly” explain Sacoolas's departure. “I know the answer, but I cannot disclose it,” he said.

Following the accident, Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity to flee the country, sparking a transatlantic controversy.

A decades-old agreement with the U.S. government barred staff at the Croughton base from claiming diplomatic immunity to avoid prosecution for actions outside their work but did not apply to dependents.

A spokesperson for Johnson said the British government was told that Sacoolas was a “spouse with no official role.”

State Department spokesman Ned Price echoed this, stating in February that Sacoolas held diplomatic immunity as the “spouse of an accredited staff member of the U.S. Embassy office.”

“This was a tragic accident. Since the tragic accident occurred, the United States has been closely engaged with the U.K. government, and we have been transparent about our positions on legal and diplomatic matters concerning this accident,” Price said. “At the time the accident occurred, and for the duration of her stay in the U.K., the U.S. citizen driver, in this case, had immunity from criminal jurisdiction.”

The Trump administration rejected a British extradition request at the time of the accident, with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab voicing his "disappointment." The Biden administration said it considered the decision final.

Former President Donald Trump met with Dunn's parents in the Oval Office in October 2019, weeks after the accident. The Dunn family said Trump tried to engineer a surprise meeting with Sacoolas, who was waiting in an adjoining room.

Dunn's family is seeking financial damages from Sacoolas through a federal lawsuit in a Virginia court. An attorney for the family said Sacoolas did not call emergency services following the collision, despite carrying a cellphone.

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The force of the accident left “blood and clothing embedded in the front windshield,” according to the lawsuit. “She left Harry to suffer as he lay face down on the side of the road, afraid of dying, fully conscious with multiple broken bones, including open fractures on both legs and both arms, and internal injuries.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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