So we can't know the truth cos someone may lose their job over it? Should ALL government dealings should be 100% open and transparent?? If something causes embarrassment then perhaps we, I don't know, shouldn't do it in the first place?
Ah, but there are a few more things that are at present left undiscussed, even at EU level, because that would blow up the last remnants of diplomatic relationships we have with the Americans.
I would be the first to agree with you that the theory of democracy is that all dealings are open and conducted in full view of the voters, but in reality that transparency appears less and less to be more exception than rule and as long as voters do not explicitly and fairly aggressively demand this, they are deemed to acquiesce.