Harry Leslie Smith - still a hero
“Mr Smith’s name is attributed to a Twitter account which posts a large amount of bizarre, sometimes downright offensive material” tells Wickham, trying and failing to pass off opinion as fact, before the concern trolling begins. “Over the last few weeks, many Labour supporters and tweeters have questioned whether Mr Smith is responsible for the posts, or if his account is - rather distastefully - controlled by someone else using his name”.
Alex Wickham - still a sleazebag
“Multiple sources in the Labour Party and elsewhere tell Guido that in fact several people have access”. No citation, and nor will there be. “Sources with intimate knowledge of the account claim Mr Smith’s son is responsible for some of the tweets, as well as an agent and someone working with his publisher, Icon Books”. No citation. “Labour sources distance the party from the account, insisting it is nothing to do with them”. It was never claimed to be a Labour Party account, so this is irrelevant.
No Alex, I’m not playing your nasty little game. This is a fishing expedition: make a suitably provocative claim and use the response to help figure out how I got the text of that email. But back to the concern trolling: “It would be pretty grim if someone has been exploiting this 92 year-old war hero by tweeting under his name”. Yeah, it’s genuine concern, and not the start of an attempt to discredit HLS brick by brick.