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Under certain circumstances it is appropriate, and I think when we come to the case of Mr Hayman, he was caught up in a proper criminal inquiry into leaks arising from the case in Birmingham of the alleged -- well, not alleged, proven -- conspiracy to kidnap a Muslim soldier and then behead him and post the beheading on the Internet, and the story broke in the media extremely early, I mean so early that there was an inquiry into how could that possibly have got there. That inquiry was conducted, telephone records were examined. And so, yes, there are circumstances under which that is entirely appropriate.

I'm not suggesting in that answer that Mr Hayman was found to have done anything improper about that inquiry, but his telephone records were examined and gave me the cause for concern that I report in my book.

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