- Sep 21, 2018
An ambassador for such an important position should have every confidence that his frank and honest reports would be kept secret. Who would have the motivation to leak such information, which can only harm the UK? That's some fucked up politics, to leak such information to the press, knowing that it can only damage US-UK relationships.Confidential memos by Britain's Ambassador to the USA, Kim Darroch, have been leaked...
The Guardian considers this very important question and comes to no clear conclusion:An ambassador for such an important position should have every confidence that his frank and honest reports would be kept secret. Who would have the motivation to leak such information, which can only harm the UK? That's some fucked up politics, to leak such information to the press, knowing that it can only damage US-UK relationships.
So is someone in the government playing dangerous partisan games or has Putin insinuated himself deep enough to wreak havoc? He may not be the only faction to profit from this leak, but he's the first one that springs to my mind.
The journalist responsible for the scoop, Isabel Oakeshott, is close to Nigel Farage’s Brexit party. She has even been previously accused of withholding newsworthy information that might have damaged her best Brexit contacts, a charge she denies. Her cooperation with former Conservative chairman Michael Ashcroft, indicates she operates in the twilight world between journalism and political activism.
But despite Oakeshott and Farage’s perception of the latter being a suitable Washington envoy, they did need someone to supply them with the ammunition in the form of the leaks.
Actually, I chose the (whatever) democrats over him on every question. A dead haunted tree would make a better president than him.Get a load of this shit:
I'm not sure who writes his polls, but holy shit! There's really no way to answer these questions that doesn't give Trump exactly what he wants to hear.
Even as an American, this worries me about the state of your government. This level of internal betrayal borders on sabotage.Nevertheless, as the report concludes, someone in government must have leaked the papers but it's by no means clear who it might have been.
That's not the one the link took me to.Actually, I chose the (whatever) democrats over him on every question. A dead haunted tree would make a better president than him.
Oh, just assumed it was the one he had before. It was a bunch of questions and each one was him or "a (something) democrat".That's not the one the link took me to.
This was a different one focused on his "Wall". Sloppily done, maybe even more than the other one. Several questions repeated. Most answerable with an option for write-ins, but a couple doozies where none of the choices are good. Like "Which of the Democratic candidates do you believe LOVES open borders?" with no choice for NONE.
The current government have lost the plot completely. It's frightening to watch. Since late last year, when it became clear that the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May wasn't going to pass, the cabinet (or some of its members, at least) have completely forgotten all notions of cabinet responsibility or, indeed, just about everything other than the electoral fortunes of the Conservative Party and the identity of its next leader.Even as an American, this worries me about the state of your government. This level of internal betrayal borders on sabotage.
The leak has caused outrage among MPs, who circulated theories in parliament that the culprit could be Russian government hackers or another hostile state.
Isabel Oakeshott, the journalist who received the leak, is close to a number of pro-Brexit politicians and co-wrote an account of the EU referendum with Arron Banks, the leave-supporting donor, who is under investigation by the National Crime Agency over the sources of funding for the Leave.EU campaign.
However, Alan Duncan, a Foreign Office minister, told the Commons it was the government’s belief that the leak made its way to Oakeshott “from within” Whitehall, rather than being handed over by foreign agents. He said the Cabinet Office had begun its formal hunt for the mole among current senior politicians, aides and civil servants, but did not at this stage think it was right to involve the police.
He said one of the documents was saved from 2017, but three of the memos were produced just eight to 10 days ago, which appeared to point to someone who was still in post.
The cross-government inquiry has already begun examining who had access to the recent memos – which went to potentially hundreds of people – and a highly sensitive letter from 2017 that had a much narrower circulation list.