Originally posted by undersquare
The email went out 2 weeks before the hearing, on 22nd November. The FIA hadn't published anything so they weren't being contradicted.
In the same piece, this..."McLaren had actually taken its cue from Ferrari for this. All through its own hearings earlier in the year, Ferrari had skillfully briefed Italian journalists, who had printed stories undermining McLaren."
About which the FIA said nothing at all.
In an analogy with a court case, putting information out about the subject of that court case 2 weeks prior to it occurring that was wholy incorrect would see you in a lot of trouble with the court. So I don't think the 2 week gap, nor the FIA's lack of previous comment, were particularly important.
It's like saying "Ferrari's secrets were stolen, not the FIA's, why did the FIA get upset?". The FIA are there to govern the sport, coming down on entirely factually incorrect press briefings regarding FIA hearings seems sensible to me.
As for Ferrari "having done it" - 1. did they? any evidence that you or the FIA could rely on? 2. if they did, any briefings that contained factual errors?