Incidentally, I googled around a bit yesterday and discovered that there is also a poster on ARRSE called Praetorian. That could easily be a coincedence though.
If the MoD is being as kniving as you say, trying to monitor and stymie criticism of its performance in the public sphere, then that should be front page news.
There's the dedicated 'spin machine', and then there's this.
That would be a job for a real investigative journalist.
It could be a coincidence, but might not. They tend to keep their screen names constant.
I did make a start on describing the MoD media management machine with this piece here:http://defenceoftherealm.blogspot.com/2 ... art-1.html
I must get around to writing the second piece ... and the third ... they are in my "to do" box.
In short, the MoD has a highly sophisticated, well-funded and ruthless media management policy which allows to to control the flow of information in a manner few would believe possible outside a totalitarian state. If they were half as capable at fighting wars as they were with managing the publicity about them, then the Taleban would already be history.
Cynically, one might say, they find fighting wars a little bit too difficult so instead they put their efforts into managing the publicity on them. As with Iraq, why bother to win when, with a little creative publicity you can actually lose the war and then convince everybody you won it.
Incidentally, I've looked at "Praetorian" on ARRE. I would not have thought they were the same people ... at least, I hope not.