John Salisbury-Baker, who is still employed by the MOD on half pay, has claimed he developed post-traumatic stress disorder after telling the media that army vehicles were safe from roadside bombs.
‘John is an honest, sensitive and moral person and having to peddle Government lies that soldiers in vehicles such as the Snatch Land Rovers were safe from roadside bombs has made him stressed,’ said his partner Christine Brooke.
She added: ‘He was particularly plagued by the thought that some of the bereaved families he was visiting might have previously believed their loved ones were safe because of what he himself had said to the media.’
Salisbury-Baker was the defence press officer for the armed forces in the North East until 2007. His job involved working with the families of dead soldiers to help them deal with the media interest once the news had been made public.
An MOD spokesperson said: 'This is an ongoing employment tribunal so we can't comment at this time'.