He shouldn’t have-
He was doing his job ... being candid for the benefit of the Foreign Office
If it was us, I’d say go after the leakers and land on them with both boots - I think 20 years busting rocks would suffice
But that’s up to the Brits
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He was doing his job in both cases - he was doing his job in being candid with the country he represented as ambassador and he was also doing his job resigning as once the material was leaked there was no way he could continue on as ambassador and by resigning he saved his country the difficulty of having to recall him. That's just the job of being a diplomat.
That's true to a degree -
Under normal circumstances where the host country isn't led by a serial tweet-farter, leaked diplomatic cables lead to embarrassment and sometimes reveal sources (making it very difficult to develop more people who will talk to us) but rarely result in resignations
Because we all do it - nobody in the dip community harbors some myth that our colleagues go easy on us in their confidential communications. So there is a large amount of forgiveness there. We were one of the biggest recipients of that forgiveness by just about every country where we have a foreign mission when the traitor Bradley Manning sent all those cables to Wikileaks...
We had some tense moments, we got scolded some, (I read a LOT of cables so we could get in front of the damage), but in general our hosts basically gave us the old, "no worries, we say things about you too"
(As an aside, a few media outlets who read our cables gave us props for writing skills at State)
But yeah - this is a bit of a different situation where the Prez publicly tweeted that he won't deal with the guy now. But I would be turning over chairs looking for the leak