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Undiplomatic bad-mouthing

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By Donald Kirk

LONDON ― You can hardly imagine the embarrassment of the Brits over one of the all-time tempests in diplomatic teacups. It was one thing for the highly proper British ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch to send a memo back to the foreign ministry in London calling President Donald Trump's White House "dysfunctional," "unpredictable," "faction-riven." "clumsy and inept" but quite another for the whole world to know what he had written.

It was as though Sir Kim had been overheard spreading the most awful gossip, engaging in the most terrible language, without the least notion that anyone would ever know what he had said or written.

The British media is going crazy over exposure of Kim's confidential words in a cascade of speculation over who leaked what to whom, how and why. Plot theories abound. Could it have been the Russians, in one of their patented crypto attacks, or were domestic foes of the British establishment doing their utmost to undermine the "special relationship" between the U.S. and the United Kingdom?

Around the world, chiefs of state, ministers and the diplomats who serve them must be chortling over revelation of Sir Kim's words. The Brits, of all people, are noted for a superficial politeness over........

© The Korea Times