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Paul Stephenson: No 10 aide warned me not to tell Cameron | Media | guardian.co.uk

Sir Paul Stephenson, the outgoing Metropolitan police commissioner, has told MPs he was advised by a senior Downing Street official not to risk "compromising" the prime minister by disclosing to him information related to the phone-hacking scandal.

Stephenson said he was unable to name the No 10 aide but that outgoing Met assistant commissioner, John Yates, who also resigned over the phone-hacking scandal, would know. Yates later told the same home affairs select committee that it was No 10 chief of staff Ed Llewellyn who turned down his offer to brief Downing Street on the "nuances" of the hacking investigation after the New York Times story in September 2010.

Completely damning. Llewellen has to go, surely. His boss too, of course.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jul 19th, 2011 at 12:02:27 PM EST
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The key question is  who is the We in the email

I am sure you will understand that we will want to be able to be entirely clear, for your sake and ours, that we have not been in contact with you about this subject.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 19th, 2011 at 08:05:45 PM EST
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Because it is completely clear that Ed Llewellyn told Yates that he didn't want to officially know about what Yates had to tell him because he knew it was radioactive.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jul 19th, 2011 at 11:19:05 PM EST
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yes, but the We in the statement makes it seem that it wasn't a decision he had made alone

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 20th, 2011 at 06:35:38 AM EST
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But Cameron and Llewellyn would maintain that the "we" was Llewellyn and Yates. But can they sell that interpretation?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jul 20th, 2011 at 09:17:49 AM EST
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Jesus.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 20th, 2011 at 01:37:10 AM EST
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