Steven Edginton has been identified as the teenage journalist who leaked damning cables about former United Kingdom ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch’s views on President Donald Trump.
Darroch, in the leaked cables described Trump as inept among other things, a situation that completely destroyed relations between London and Washington leading to the diplomat’s resignation.
The diplomat, who remained with the support of outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and other political leaders in the UK, resigned after Trump had started shutting him out of key diplomatic engagements and attacking him publicly.
Speaking on the matter the person involved said he felt the need to set the record straight.
It was revealed that he also works for the Brexit Party but denied suspicion it was a party project.
“Today I want to set the record straight and reveal the real story about how Sir Kim’s diplomatic cables entered the public domain. I am sorry to disappoint the conspiracy theorists but this was not a Brexiteer plot to topple Sir Kim, nor was it some devilish scheme to torpedo the independence of the Civil Service by installing a political appointee in Washington. Instead, it was simply an honest journalistic endeavour. As a 19-year-old freelance journalist with a passion for politics, I was looking for a big project through which to develop my career,” he said.
The teenager says he now fears arrest by the police or intelligence services after the leak.
He said he obtained the information from “Whitehall sources” which include “including both retired and current civil servants” and spent seven months on the investigation before a trusted source “read out to me an astonishing letter written by Sir Kim (Darroch) to Sir Mark (Sedwill), Britain’s national security adviser, in June 2017.”