An email containing damning sex allegations, sent to thousands of European Parliament addresses on Monday, has been remotely deleted from staff inboxes. The short message accuses a senior parliament official of accepting sexual favours in exchange for promotions.

But, as the blogger Jon Worth reports, copies of the email have been mysteriously disappearing:

“I’m told by a source within the European Parliament that the offending e-mail has been deleted from the Inboxes of all staff overnight, and even deleted from folders if staff had chosen to file the message.”

A colourful translation of the message, originally in French, was crowdsourced via Twitter and posted (with names redacted) by Guido Fawkes. The author begins by tendering her resignation, then goes on to accuse the bureaucrat of a series of inappropriate liaisons, asking:

“Don’t you think that’s shameful? These women hold interesting positions and even though others are qualified, we remain blocked … [I]f it’s necessary to suck the [official’s] cock to get a position, it’s truly fucking disgusting.”

As Scrapbook has shown others to their cost, you can’t hush something up by “deleting” the electronic evidence.

The internet is for life — not just for Christmas.

  1. If the above link is the original email, then the translation isn’t “even though others are qualified” but have sat and passed the [EU civil service] competitive exams.

  2. Brusslesprouts and others – be warned! reproducing this email could land you in lot of trouble – especially if the content is not true, but also, even if it is. I had to say the same to my girlfriend who works at the Parliament on Monday when she sent it to me!!!!

  3. Let’s look at the broader implication of this, shall we?

    ANY email sent to ANY MEP or European Parliament official can be remotely accessed and remotely read and remotely destroyed, perhaps without the intended recipient ever having being aware that it had been sent in the first place.

    OMG.

  4. Brussels Sprouts says:

    @Matt: only if it goes through a European Parliament/Commission account, I assume. Sensible MEPs will start to use separate accounts, and will publicize them on their personal websites if the official website won’t show them.

    I wonder whether British Parliament e-mail addresses are equally at risk of remote monitoring.

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