dls wrote:I suppose one might argue that the nation herself is defamed by one of her peers conducting himself so badly,
Even if he did what he is accused of (I have no idea) it is not at all arguable that the nation is defamed. A clear part of the law of defamation is that groups as such cannot be defamed.
There may be no argument in law, but I think there is in the common usage of the word: the reputation of the nation is diminished by the misconduct of her peers.
But you have me puzzled. Is the nation not a legal entity, and doesn't the law treat legal entities as individuals rather than groups?