Lots of names and embarrassing detail is gloriously published in the Guardian’s WikiLeaks exclusive today. Yet the blushes have been spared of a Labour minister who was forced to apologise for sexual harassment and described as a “bully”.
The newspaper is witholding his name (do you think that would have been the case if it had been a Conservative or Lib Dem minister?), but I wonder if other news sources with access to these revealing cables will also fail to disclose his identity.
This is how the Guardian reports on the mystery minister:
“One cable reveals how the London embassy posed on intelligence about a British Labour minister, apparently picked up from civil servant contacts, saying he ‘reportedly remains a bit of hound dog where women are concerned’.
“The minister, whose name the Guardian is witholding, was ‘forced to apologise…to a female…who accused him of sexual harassment…and has had marital troubles in the last few years.’
“The confidential dispatch continued: ‘Contacts who know him well report he has manic depressive tendencies ‘ ‘he’s very up one minute, very down the next’, and at least one colleague has described xxx as a ‘bully’.
“The head of the office of intelligence operations cabled back gratefully, saying: ” ‘Washington analysists appreciates the excellentÂ background and biographic reporting.’ They found ‘particularly insightful and timely’ the material about the minister’s ‘bullying, possible depression and scandals, as well as comments on the state of his marriage’.
“The cable continued: ‘We would greatly appreciate additional information, especially regarding how xxx works with other [other ministers and officials], assessments of xxx’s performance in office and information on his political goals.'”
I wonder if those answers are of public interest and will be disclosed in a future WikiLeaks report about Labour’s mystery minister whose untoward activities aroused such concern that his movements were monitored this way.
*If Prince Andrew can be named and shamed in the WikiLeaks for his questionable behaviour, why not this Labour minister?