Scotland Yard risked being dragged into a politically charged row over Sir Kim Darroch’s emails after a teenager working for the Brexit Party said he was the middleman who obtained the classified documents.
Steven Edginton, 19, who runs the Brexit Party’s social media feeds, insisted he passed the documents to the political journalist Isabel Oakeshott.
Mr Edginton, who also describes himself as a freelance journalist, said he did not want his name on the articles, subsequently published in the mail on Sunday, “to avoid possible controversy”.
the Metropolitan Police and for intelligence agencies in what is already a highly sensitive investigation.” data-reactid=”20″>But the key role of Mr Edginton in the leak will cause problems for the Metropolitan Police and for intelligence agencies in what is already a highly sensitive investigation.
It raises the prospect of counter-terrorism officers having to raid the home of a Brexit Party official to try to get to the origin of the leak. Such a move would risk a political furore.” data-reactid=”32″>It raises the prospect of counter-terrorism officers having to raid the home of a Brexit Party official to try to get to the origin of the leak. Such a move would risk a political furore.
One well-placed source said: “This inquiry is already so sensitive and Steve Edginton’s involvement complicates that.”
A senior Government minister warned that raiding the Brexit Party – or anybody connected with it – was hugely problematic. “A political party’s computers would have to be seized,” said the minister, “Nobody is going to do that.”
Mr Edginton broke his cover in an article for the Mail on Sunday, the tabloid newspaper, which first published details of Sir Kim’s diplomatic telegrams and other memos and letters.
The messages, sent from the Washington embassy to the Foreign Office, described Donald Trump’s administration as “inept” and “utterly dysfunctional”.
The president reacted furiously, branding Sir Kim a “pompous fool” and “the wacky ambassador” before withdrawing a series of invitations to the White House. Sir Kim resigned a day after Boris Johnson refused to back him in a televised debate in the race to be Conservative Party leader.