The Government’s efforts are now directed at preventing the story spinning out of control. Miliband stressed that the Americans hadn’t purposefully misled the British Government on this, but had instead made an “error” during a “records search”. And much was made of the “vital role” that the US plays in helping the UK combat terrorism.
Nonetheless, this is deeply embarrassing for both governments, and there are still questions that need to be more fully answered. William Hague identified most of them – why has this only come to light now? Have the Americans made administrative changes to prevent this happening in future? etc. etc.