Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Former police chief condemns Damian Green pornography claim leak

Former police chief condemns Damian Green pornography claim leak

"The computer was in Mr Green's office, on his desk, logged in, his account, his name", said Lewis, who was a forensic examiner for Counter Terrorism Command, also known as SO15, at the time of the investigation. Mr Davis's intervention angered some in Downing Street, who believe that he was trying to bind the hands of the prime minister, it is understood.

Sir Peter Fahy, the previous boss constable of Greater Manchester police, said the assault on Green's office and the disclosure that explicit pictures were found on his PC were occurrences that ought not occur in a vote based nation.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has gone in to bat for Green and warned he will quit if Green is sacked over the allegations.

Reports claim that the pornography viewed by the Breitbart critic, who is now under investigation for sexual harassment, were "so extreme that viewing such images was made illegal just weeks later" - with police seeking advice from the Crown Prosecution Service on whether to bring charges against him.

"And it's not for police officers to make moral judgements about people's lifestyles, whether they're accessing or not accessing perfectly legal material".

"The special powers which citizens confer on police officers are inseparable from the obligations of special trust placed in police officers to enable them to do their duty", Sir Thomas said.

Backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg said the police "behaved disgracefully as a political arm of the then government" when they raided Green's office in 2008, adding that they should not be "using information obtained improperly to damage a politician".

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "It is very unsafe territory for a police officer to be making judgments about whether a politician is lying or not".

One said Mr Davis might be willing to resign over the issue, although another stressed no threat had been made. If the Cabinet Office inquiry were to prove that Green had lied, or other misconduct, then Davis accepts May would be entitled to act.

Asked about the allegations in his constituency on Friday morning, Mr Green said: "I have maintained all along - I still maintain, it is the truth, that I didn't download or look at pornography on my computer but obviously while the investigation is going on, I can't say any more than that".

The investigation has been carried out by senior Cabinet Office official Sue Gray. A claim that her report was already with May was swiftly denied on Friday, and No 10 has refused to say when it would conclude.

Green claimed the anti-establishment tone of many alternative media outlets was "feeding an atmosphere of increasing hatred which at the most terrible of extremes led to the killing of Jo Cox", and appealed to the self-interest of the assembled journalists by suggesting his arguments would "not be lost on many people in this room whose livelihoods are under threat" from Breitbart.

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

The Metropolitan Police has already said it is launching its own inquiry about how information gathered during an investigation was made public.

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