Police in the United Kingdom have idenified the individual whom it believes leaked memos of Kim Darroch, the immediate past British Ambassador to the United States, a report has revealed.
The leaked memos, published by Mail on Sunday last week, caused a hysteria in diplomatic circles after Darroch described Donald Trump, the US President, as “inept” and “dysfunctional”.
British officials have said to have quickly commenced investigation and swooped in on the suspect, according to the Sunday Times, which cited anonymous government sources.
The report disclosed that the police are now expected to build up their case for prosecution against the suspect in court.
“They think they know who did the leaking. It’s now a case of building a case that will stand up in court. It was someone with access to historical files. They went in and grabbed a range of material. It was quite crude”, an unnamed government source told the paper.
The source also noted that any iota of hacking by any foreign adversary has been excluded, as the operation was believed to have occurred internally.
Both the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday reported that intelligence officials from the GCHQ eavesdropping spy agency were about to join the investigation to find the suspect by scouring email and phone records.
The leaked memos forced Darroch to resign, noting that his position had become untenable as a result of the scandal.