2008
02.28

Andy McNab: “It’s unfortunate that the story has broken before the end of his tour”

Apparently the website Drudge Report has revealed “the  best kept editorial secret of recent times”: The 23-year-old Household Cavalry officer has spent the past 10 weeks secretly serving in war-ravaged Helmand Province.

The deployment had been cloaked in secrecy under a news blackout deal agreed across the UK media to prevent details reaching the Taliban and endangering Harry and his comrades.

Andy McNab said he believed the Taliban would have been aware of Harry’s presence in Afghanistan even before today’s revelation.

Mr McNab said he had been offered amateur video footage of the Prince in theatre as early as January.

He told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme: “I think by now, and even before that, the Taliban were aware he was in country. Myself, in January I was being offered home-made video of him in country.”

Mr McNab added: “At the end of the day, he is a soldier, he has been serving with his battle-group, the battle-group understand the situation. That’s what they do – they fight wars. He should stay… “He should be there and he should be doing his job and he wants to do it. I don’t think there is any heightened risk.”

You can ‘Listgen again’ to the BBC Radio 4’s PM show here Andy’s comment starts in the  39th  minute of the show

You can read a full article in the Daily Post

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