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You explain that the SOP was changed on 4 June 2008. We needn't turn it up, but it's tab A7 of the master bundle. One can see the change writ large. As you explain towards the end of paragraph 33, you wanted officers to "feel confident that they were entitled to talk to the media on the record", in other words, within their area of responsibility. You know that other Commissioners felt the same. "I think our joint concern was about anonymous briefings off the record."

So are you covering there in particular senior officers speaking outside the area of responsibility, in effect briefing against the cabinet position?

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