A photo tweeted on Thursday morning by ambassadors from Germany, France and the European Union with outgoing members. British Ambassador Kim Darroch literally showed the other ambassadors standing shoulder to shoulder with their British counterpart. "It is an honor to welcome my colleagues and friends," wrote German ambassador Emily Haber in her contribution.
Diplomats from around the world told CNN that the picture not only symbolizes solidarity, but also reflects the fact that most embassies wrote cables to private messages – leaked in an act of political sabotage – the Darroch had sent to London, where the President and his administration are described as incapable, insecure and incompetent.
Moreover, Darroch repeated only assessments that they heard from both sides of the corridor in Congress and White House staff ̵
1; views that were reflected almost daily on television and in newspapers.
"It is important to say that Ambassador Darroch did not report on his personal views, but on what the people in Washington said," said a Washington-based European official. "He talked about things that were quite openly said by many Americans in Washington, even on both sides of the political divide." Trump's power play against the British envoy sends ruthless messages to the allies. "src-mini =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190710125549-04-kim-darroch-file-small-169.jpg "src-xsmall =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext /dam/assets/190710125549-04-kim-darroch-file-medium-plus-169.jpg "src-small =" http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190710125549-04-kim- darroch-file-large-169.jpg "src-medium =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190710125549-04-kim-darroch-file-exlarge-169.jpg "src-large =" //cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190710125549-04-kim-darroch-file-super-169.jpg "src-full16x9 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190710125549 -04-kim-darroch-file-full-169.jpg "src-mini1x1 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190710125549-04-kim-darroch-file-small-11.jpg " data-demand-load = "not-loaded" data-eq-pts = "mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" />
Darroch confidential observations – of a chaotic and divided White House, of a President, d he fills his speeches with "false claims and invented statistics," from a "diplomatically awkward" administration that does not particularly honor traditional alliances – was not just his alone.
"I will not quote from our cables here," an embassy official told CNN, "but you could find similar things."
Darroch & # 39; s cable not only reflected information received by diplomats across Washington From talks with lawmakers and other sources – all diplomats work closely with the White House contacts. A person familiar with the situation pointed out that the British ambassador spoke to people who work with Trump every day.
"I do not know Trump realized this, but Darroch did not just invent this stuff," the person said. "It's based on actual conversations with people."
In fact, in a cable described in the Daily Mail and for the first time releasing excerpts from the highly sensitive documents, Darroch cites the Foreign Office to refer "simply" and "bluntly" to Trump "as a senior white adviser to me House said, there is no advantage if this President is subtle or even ambiguous. "
At another point, Darroch wrote to his colleagues, "We are the stories about knife fighting in the White House judge, mostly true: multiple sources and confirmed by our own contacts in the White House."
"Unique dysfunctional "
Darroch, veteran diplomat who also served as National Security Advisor to the United Kingdom The Permanent Representative to the European Union added that" this is a singularly disturbed environment ".
Diplomats in Washington stressed that the British ambassador is doing his job. One stated that "the President's reaction to the leak shows how well Darroch Cables were being watched."
According to the Daily Mail, Darroch wrote to his colleagues that "President Trump radiates insecurity for a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet." He also warned against Trump's predisposition to outbursts and his use of "sometimes insulting" language.
"There is no filter," Darroch stated.
Trump responded to the news of the leak by tweeting that Darroch was "a pompous fool" and a "very stupid guy" who is "not popular or popular in the US," a "crazy ambassador," the "I" I do not know "- an opera outburst of thin-skinned rage that simply confirmed Darroch's observations, the diplomat said.
Several diplomats emphasized that it is likely that some of the leaked cables were written by employees and signed by Darroch. In both cases, they emphasized that cables are crucial to the work of diplomacy, and that honest assessments are crucial to allow officials in capitals around the world to develop sound strategies for dealing with other nations.
"We need to be able to speak bluntly, there can be no restrictions at all, it will not change," said a recent Washington Ambassador who repeated British Prime Minister Teresa May and told the British House of Commons " Good government depends on public servants being able to provide comprehensive and open advice. "
Darroch's resignation is a matter of "great regret," May said. Simon McDonald, a permanent undersecretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, wrote to Darroch that he was "the best of us" and that he was "the target a malicious leak, you just did your job. " On Thursday, Foreign Minister Alan Duncan told the House of Commons that there was no evidence that the leak was a hack, and an investigation to find out who disclosed the information.
The European official, familiar with Washington, said: "Every modern day ambassador knows there is a danger that what you write, as confidential as you may be, there is always a risk that there will be a leak, they are writing things the way they should be written. "
Usually, the official said, the host country would privately express its dissatisfaction and downplay the matter in public, as it did many countries after the leak of US diplomatic cables by the organization in 2010 did WikiLeaks.
"It is clear that this is not the style of President Trump," the official said, pointing to it Trump's attack on Darroch created a "totally uneven playing field".
"If the President of the United States attacks the British Ambassador, the British Ambassador has no right to an answer." It's one-way traffic, "the official said. "There was no way (darroch) to respond or defend yourself because the cables were confidential."
A US State Department spokesman said on Thursday that the US and the UK "maintain a link greater than any individual, and we look forward to continuing this partnership, and we remain committed to the special relationship between the US and the United Kingdom and our common global agenda. "
CNN's Zahid Mahmood in London and Kevin Liptak, Jennifer Hansler, Zachary Cohen and Kylie Atwood in Washington contributed to this report.