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It's core.

The second instance is I referred this, amongst other complaints, to the Metropolitan Police, and the Metropolitan Police tried to ignore the complaints, because they involve the Blairs as well, who tried to -- this was all started with the Mirror story, the Blairs tried to prosecute me during the election of 1997 but failed miserably, and the police took this case because they couldn't avoid taking it, they desperately didn't want to take it, but there it was, I had given them the letter from the newspaper editor, who actually admitted in his letter that he had in fact obtained information about me from the police, which could have been legitimate.

I won't identify the editor but I'll just read the very brief passage in it, which -- yes, here we are:

"The police source of our article, whose identity we have a moral obligation to protect [I won't laugh at this point] gave us the details of the letters that we then published. Nothing that Mr Henderson writes has convinced me that the article is anything other than accurate."

He also in the same letter admits he has never seen the letters, so-called letters.

I submitted this to the Metropolitan Police and they agreed to conduct an investigation. It was sent to Scotland Yard, which again, if you know anything about the way the police operate, it's most unusual for them to suddenly send it to Scotland Yard. It was given to Detective Superintendent Jeff Curtis, who came along to my flat and took all the details, promised to go away and investigate it properly. A month later he rings me up and says, "I've investigated it, there's nothing". I said, "Who have you interviewed at the newspaper?" and he said, "Nobody". So obviously it was just purely a sham investigation, there was nothing done about that. So again that falls clearly within module two of the Inquiry.

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