Teen Brexit Party staffer says he’s behind bombshell leaks that toppled UK ambassador to US

Teen Brexit Party staffer says he’s behind bombshell leaks that toppled UK ambassador to US


A TEEN Brexit Party staffer has revealed he’s responsible for the bombshell leaks that toppled the UK’s ambassador to the US.

Steven Edginton, 19, uncovered the scathing diplomatic cables from Sir Kim Darroch that branded President Trump inept – and his White House “dysfunctional”.

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Steven Edginton has revealed he is the man behind the bombshell leaks that toppled the UK’s ambassador to the US[/caption]

Mr Edginton, 19, is a Brexit Party staffer and freelance journalist

The shattering revelations led to Sir Kim being forced to resign after Mr Trump described him as a “pompous fool” and a “stupid guy”.

Mr Edginton is a freelance journalist and digital strategist for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

But he insists that his actions in unearthing the damning secret notes were not part of a “Brexiteer plot” to unseat Sir Kim.

Instead, he has written in the Mail On Sunday to claim he pursued the story to “develop my career” as a journalist.

FEARS ARREST

He now fears arrest by the police or intelligence services after the embarrassing Whitehall leak.

Mr Edginton – who campaigned for Vote Leave – said he obtained the cables though his “Whitehall sources” which include “including both retired and current civil servants”.

He 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.”

Last week I was eating my lunch in Victoria Tower Gardens near the House of Parliament when I spotted a middle-aged man dressed as a tourist taking pictures of me. He then furtively ducked behind a tree before, I think, getting into a white van


Steven Edington

Mr Edginton then turned to political journalist Isabel Oakeshott to build up the story – but he eventually decided to “leave my name out of it”.

The publication of the leaks earlier this month led to Sir Kim Darroch’s resignation just days later.

And it prompted a startling reaction from the Metropolitan Police – who warned journalists could be charged.

Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command is continuing to investigate the source of the leaks.

Mr Edginton now fears press freedom is in jeopardy – and is anxious he could be cuffed for not revealing his source.

Fearing that he could be arrested at any minute, worried Steven revealed he sent his dad a text that read: “Prepare for the worst”.


And he believes he may be being tracked by the security services.

He wrote: “Last week I was eating my lunch in Victoria Tower Gardens near the House of Parliament when I spotted a middle-aged man dressed as a tourist taking pictures of me.

“He then furtively ducked behind a tree before, I think, getting into a white van.”

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Steven Edginton said he uncovered the secret cables from a secret Whitehall source[/caption]

Mr Edginton insisted his actions were not part of a Brexiteer plot to oust Sir Kim
Mr Edginton told how he feared arrest – and believes he’s being followed by the security services

Leak bombshell: Uncovered cables allegedly from Sir Kim Darroch

  • “As seen from here, we really don’t believe that this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction-riven, less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”
  • “I don’t think this Administration will ever look competent.”
  • “For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity.”
  • “His team were also dazzled, telling us that this had been a visit like no other – the hottest ticket of their careers. These are close contacts, with whom we have spent years building relationships: they are the gate keepers and the “Trump Whisperers” – the individuals we rely upon to ensure the UK voice is being heard in the West Wing.
  • (Talking about Iran airstrikes) “It’s more likely that he was never fully on board and that he was worried about how this apparent reversal of his 2016 campaign promises would look come 2020”
  • “The worst cannot be ruled out” (Collusion between Trump and Russia)
  • “It’s important to ‘flood the zone’: you want as many as possible of those who Trump consults to give him the same answer.  So we need to be creative in using all the channels available to us through our relationships with his Cabinet, the White House staff, and our contacts among his outside friends.”
  • “Of the main campaign promises, not an inch of the Wall has been built; the executive orders on travel bans from Muslim countries have been blocked by the state courts; tax reform and the infrastructure package have been pushed into the middle distance; and the repeal and replacement of Obamacare is on a knife edge.”

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