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.
‘‘But the bottom line here is, I accept responsibility for what occurred. I’m not about to point the finger at others.’’
Furious ... Kevin Rudd in the video posted anonymously on YouTube.
Furious ... Kevin Rudd in the video posted anonymously on YouTube. Photo: YouTube
He said the video was from one of a number of speeches he recorded from time to time for Chinese community occasions, and was probably done in a reception room next to the prime minister’s office ‘‘a couple of years ago’’.
‘‘You’d sit down and try and get the script right. Obviously I wasn’t getting it right on this occasion and was getting pretty frustrated about it.’’
Mr Rudd said it was no secret that he did often swear. ‘‘I’ve never pretended not to swear from time to time. That’s been out there for a long, long time. I wish I’d sweared (sic) less but that’s just the truth of it.’’
Kevin Rudd. Photo: YouTube
Asked whether he wanted his old job as prime minister back, Mr Rudd said "There's no challenge ... on."
As the video drew national and international attention yesterday, a Labor insider said it could only...