MoD spin doctor 'suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after being forced to lie that Army vehicles were safe'
A press officer for the Ministry of Defence says he was traumatised after being forced to promote âGovernment liesâ that army vehicles were up to standard in Iraq and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
John Salisbury-Baker says he was left haunted by the thought that his pronouncements on the safety of vehicles may have led to the deaths of soldiers, it was claimed.
The 62-year-old who was based at the Imphal Barracks in York, will attend an employment tribunal later this year.
Traumatised: MoD Press Officer John Salisbury-Baker was forced to 'defend the morally indefensible' says his partner, Christine Brooke
He is still currently employed by the MOD, on half pay.
His partner, Christine Brooke, said Mr Salisbury-Baker had to "defend the morally indefensible" when he told the media that Snatch Land Rovers were adequately equipped to withstand roadside bombs.
She described Mr Salisbury-Baker, as an "honest, sensitive and moral person," and he had visited more than a dozen families devastated by the loss of loved ones in Iraq, often through such bombs. "He felt responsible," she said.
Miss Brooke said a doctor had diagnosed him as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and he was pursuing a claim for disability discrimination.
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She said: "John is an honest, sensitive and moral person, and he was having to peddle Government lies that soldiers in vehicles such as the Snatch Land Rovers were safe from roadside bombs made him very stressed indeed.