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Damian Green porn claims 'flagrant police breach'

Damian Green porn claims 'flagrant police breach'
From BBC - December 1, 2017

Ex-detectives who disclosed that legal pornography was found on Damian Green's office computer were in "flagrant breach" of their code of conduct, a former attorney general has said.

Dominic Grieve said their actions smacked of the "police state".

However, a former chief constable told the BBC the information was in the public interest.

First Secretary of State Mr Green denies watching or downloading pornography on his computer.

Tory MPs, including Brexit Secretary David Davis, have backed Mr Green - effectively Theresa May's second-in-command - saying it was wrong for such claims to emerge through the media.

The allegations were first raised last month by former Met assistant commissioner Bob Quick, who led a 2008 inquiry into Home Office leaks which saw Mr Green's Commons office being searched.

He made the claims after the Cabinet Office launched an investigation into accusations of inappropriate behaviour by Mr Green towards journalist Kate Maltby, which the MP has described as "completely false".

'Very worrying'

On Friday, retired Scotland Yard detective Neil Lewis told BBC News "thousands" of thumbnail images of legal pornography had been found on Mr Green's parliamentary computer in 2008.

Scotland Yard has confirmed its department for professional standards was examining allegations that Mr Lewis had disclosed confidential information.

And speaking on BBC Newsnight, Mr Grieve described the decision by the officers to release such information from a police investigation as "very worrying".

"They choose to put material that an ordinary citizen would be prohibited from acquiring under data protection rules into the public domain on their own judgment."

Mr Grieve, attorney general in David Cameron's government between 2010 and 2014, said: "If you think something is relevant you do it by proper official means. You do not go freelancing as these two officers have done...

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