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Trump earlier had publicly blasted the former British diplomat after reports unveiled details of Darroch's telegrams assessing the US government and Trump's administration.

Kim Darroch quit on Wednesday after Donald Trump called him "stupid" and "wacky" following the publication of the confidential memos by a newspaper.

In a statement, the London Metropolitan police's assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, said that "given the widely reported consequences of that leak", there had been "damage caused to United Kingdom worldwide relations" and that there "would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice".

"I would say to the person or people who did this, the impact of what you have done is obvious", he said.

The investigation changed into once launched by the Met Police Counter Terrorism Expose, which takes nationwide accountability for investigating allegations of legal breaches of the Decent Secrets and ways Act, Mr Basu said.

It followed the announcement Sir Kim had chose to quit, saying his position had become "impossible" following the publication of cables in which he described the Trump administration as "inept" and "dysfunctional".

"However, you for the time being are additionally liable for diverting busy detectives from endeavor their core mission".

Basu said that the leaks may be a "criminal matter" as he urged the culprit to "turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences".

Darroch resigned after days of scathing criticism from the USA president on Twitter.

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Last weekend´s disclosure of Darroch´s private messages back to London - which included describing the Trump administration as "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional" - triggered waves of angry tweets from the United States president.

Johnson, a former foreign minister, repeatedly failed to back Darroch during a previous televised debate.

Earlier this week, Trump said the U.S. will "substantially" increase sanctions on the Iranian government in the latest escalation in his administration's "maximum pressure campaign" against the country.

The Conservative leadership contender admitted he should have been more supportive of Sir Kim Darroch, and acknowledged that his refusal to explicitly back the ambassador had been a factor in his decision to step down.

Mr Johnson said: "He said that what somebody had relayed to him had been a factor in his resignation". "I think unfortunately what I said on that TV debate was misrepresented to Kim".

Boris Johnson, frontrunner in that race, has been heavily criticized by lawmakers in his own party and the opposition for failing to defend the ambassador.

It says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the USA in 2018 to stick with the nuclear deal.

"A prosecution on this basis would amount to an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate", he said at a campaign event.

The new prime minister will be named on July 23 and take office the following day.

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