Time to check our facts for a second. He didn't make a speech. He didn't even call for an investigation. He was asked during PMQs by Liam Fox "
May we have a full and transparent assessment of whether The
Guardian’s involvement in the Snowden affair has damaged Britain’s
national security? Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is bizarre
that from some the hacking of a celebrity phone demands a prosecution,
whereas leaving the British people and their security personnel more
vulnerable is seen as opening a debate?"
To which he replied:
I commend my right hon. Friend for raising the issue. I think the
plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security,
and in many ways The Guardian itself admitted that when, having been
asked politely by my national security adviser and Cabinet Secretary
to destroy the files that it had, it went ahead and destroyed those
files. It knows that what it is dealing with is dangerous for national
security. I think that it is up to Select Committees in the House to
examine the issue if they wish to do so, and to make further
So whilst you might well disagree with his assessment of whether the Guardian damaged national security, he doesn't even call for an investigation. All he says is that select committees can look into the issue if it wishes. Which is an inarguabe statement of fact and something pretty much outside his control. This is a blinking long way from instructing the Home Secretary to ask the Metropolitan Police to launch an investigation or something similar.
I'm slightly at a loss as to how a comparatively mild answer, that many will see as a brush off, can get turned into Cameron vowing vengeance. It's cobblers.