- Journalist Steven Edginton, 19, fears he is being targeted by security services
- The person who leaked the explosive Washington Files was his trusted source
- In April, he began working as a digital strategist for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party
- Mr Edginton says his story was not a ‘Brexiteer plot to topple Sir Kim Darroch’
Lying awake at 2am last Wednesday and unable to sleep for the third night in a row, I listened as footsteps crunched up and down the gravel outside my ground-floor flat.
For one alarming moment I thought the police were preparing to storm through my front door and arrest me. I looked out of the curtains – but no one was there.
Paranoid? Hardly. A few hours later, Home Office Minister Nick Hurd stood in the House of Commons and refused to rule out deploying the ‘full force of the state’ to identify the person who leaked Sir Kim Darroch’s embarrassingly undiplomatic cables about US President Donald Trump.
I am not the leaker – I am a young journalist – but I did play a critical role in the publication of a story that has reverberated on both sides of the Atlantic.