Article in today’s Herald – Tom Gordon trying to find out who knew what and when – surprise surprise, the Scottish Office won’t say.
‘The memo, which wrongly suggested Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain Prime Minister, was leaked to the press in the general election campaign by the then LibDem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael and his special adviser Euan Roddin.
Carmichael, who initially denied all knowledge of the leak, is now the subject of a civil court action trying to have his election as MP for Orkney & Shetland overturned.
Using Freedom of Information law, the Sunday Herald asked the Scotland Office for the names of the ministers, special advisers and officials who received the note.
Critically, this would have shown whether Downing Street was in the loop before the memo was leaked to the Daily Telegraph at the start of April.
However the Scotland Office refused to reveal the government distribution list on the grounds that it was “personal information”.
In a response issued last week, it acknowledged there was a public interest in the greater understanding of the role of public servants in “historic events”