DIARY: Oops ... a very big mistake in the morning post

It's easy to make mistakes in the complicated task of sending

things by post: even today, forgetting to remove stamps from your tongue

remains one of the UK's most feared causes of gum-related paper


However in the rush to enter the PRWeek Top 150 rankings, one particular

agency sent a highly sensitive internal memo with its form.

The agency, which will be known only as firm X (mostly because upon

hearing that we had received the document they would only talk to Diary

through their solicitors), attached papers detailing how negotiations

should be conducted to do away with a senior employee.

Entertainingly, a pre-written letter was also enclosed, pre-emptively

summarising the outcome of the meeting and offering payment in return

for a compromise agreement.

Diary contacted the individual responsible for the lapse, who incisively

informed us our receipt of the letter was a 'mistake'. He/she added, in

a rather panicked tone: 'That's confidential information. That needs to

be destroyed immediately. That's the property of (firm X)'.

Next week: firm Y sends details of their involvement in gun running

bundled in with a press release.

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