Rudd row gets dirty

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

FOREIGN Minister Kevin Rudd says the timing of the release of a damaging video in which he furiously swears and rounds on embassy officials and a Chinese interpreter is "a little ... unusual".

The video, in which Mr Rudd - who was prime minister at the time it was recorded - slams the table and curses repeatedly, has been posted on YouTube as a Labor MP publicly warned the party would be ''decimated'' if it stuck with Julia Gillard.

In an interview on Sky News this morning, Mr Rudd said the video was embarrassing but his frustration was directed at himself and no one else.

''Anyone who's got a touch of suspicion about them would say that if this was done, somewhat embarrassingly, a couple of years ago, and it suddenly emerges now, then obviously it's a little bit on the unusual side,'' Mr Rudd told Sky News.

"But these are questions for others.

Read more at Brisbane Times.

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