Wikipedia forbids users from editing posts to promote their own or employers' interests. Umunna said: 'I don't have any recollection of that log-in or the changes. But I can't say for certain that someone with my campaign did not set up that log-in.'
How I see it
Stuart Bell, co-founder, DawBell
Editing a Wikipedia entry is not a crime. But to put out a quote including ‘no recollection’ for this particular situation is a PR crime. Phrases such as ‘I can’t say for certain’ almost scream out ‘yes it was me, I did it’, although, of course I, like anyone else, can’t actually say for certain that he did.
It provides ammunition for the opposition, who have been gifted a PR opportunity, all of which adds up to a far more entertaining story.
But people wouldn’t be shocked if many politicians’ teams are doing the same thing.
As for the Obama remarks: saying one thing in public and doing another in private (and then hiding behind anonymous posts) will not help his long-term credibility and trust factor with the public.
The misjudged comment in response to the situation simply added a lot of fuel to the fire.