German politicians leak election info on Twitter
A pair of German politicians are in trouble for breaking constitutional protocol after leaking news of the German president's re-election through Twitter ahead of the official publication of the results.
News that Horst Köhler had been re-elected as German president for a second five-year term appeared on the microblogging website 15 minutes before the results of Saturday's election were officially announced, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Julia Klöckner, a junior politician in chancellor Angela Merkel's centre right CDU party, posted a premature tweet that said: "People, you can watch the football in peace. The vote was a success." Ulrich Kelber, of the opposition centre left SPD, gave even more away by disclosing the actually voting tally: "The count is confirmed: 613 votes. Köhler is elected."
The German parliament (Bundestag) is due to investigate the leaks - already dubbed "Twitter Affäre", or Twittergate - later this week.
The German president's role is a largely ceremonial one, with real power resting with the Bundestag and the chancellor. The president is elected by the Bundestag and representatives of the states that make up the federal republic of Germany. ®
For 15 minutes, really, they could have waited fourteen more before uploading. I think this is more a case of "Upload the page now, so when the results are announced and everybody checks our page, we'll be ready".
Even so, there are rules. These morons have just learned that, once you publish on the web, it is immediately publicly available. Since these are supposed to be people who know the rules, it serves them right to be legally flogged.
Keelhaul the lot of them ! If we don't know why, they surely do !
Just the excuse the Chancellor needs to declare martial law, overthrow the office of the president, dissolve parliament, and send out their personal "security forces" to assasinate political opposition!
Oh, wait.. not 1934.. ok
whilst I agree with dimitrov that this was hardly going to cause the entire political system of Germany to collapse in on itself, surely they knew that they shouldn't release that information until it's been officially released!? They should be fired if only for their stupidity!