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Does anybody know who has authority, in Westminster’s Parliamentary offices, to delete material from computer hard disks?

A friend with experience of such matters suggested to This Writer yesterday that it is possible nobody in Damian Green’s office, including the MP himself, had authority as an administrator to edit or remove the offending images, once they had been downloaded. The person who did download them may not have known this until they tried to remove it.

The material was discovered by police, during an investigation into the leaking of embarrassing information from Parliament into the public domain that happened a matter of weeks before the images were due to become illegal according to a change in the law.

My friend suggested that allowing the police to find the material, while it was still legally viewable, as part of an investigation in which it would be incidental, would allow it to be removed before the change in the law took place. This would mean the person responsible for downloading it would not have to fear prosecution for possessing it, at a later time.

There are problems with this suggestion, of course. But it is an interesting theory and I invite readers to consider and discuss it.


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