Police drop probe on Rudd curse video leak

Nanjing Night Net

THE federal police have abandoned their pursuit of the damaging leak of a video in the run-up to this year’s leadership confrontation that showed Kevin Rudd in a fit of rage.

In the video, which dated from September 2009 when he was prime minister, Mr Rudd was heard swearing and banging a table. The video was a message for a Chinese Communist Party anniversary prepared at the request of the Australian embassy in Beijing.

The 10-minute message was in complex Chinese and Mr Rudd later said he was swearing at his own inability to get it right.

The video was leaked before Mr Rudd issued his leadership challenge, and fed into the Gillard supporters’ narrative that he had been out of control and tyrannical as leader. Mr Rudd, who was still foreign minister when the leak occurred, said in a hastily arranged TV interview: ”I’ve never pretended not to swear from time to time.”

The leak was referred to the federal police, who said on Wednesday its investigation ”did not identify sufficient material or evidence to substantiate charging of any person for theft or unauthorised disclosure”.

Mr Rudd later tweeted: ”Recording congratulatory video messages today. The only F word I used was … fantastic effort.”

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