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I don't think that's the case, but I mean we haven't yet discussed this. There is no question that we were aware -- and I use "we" loosely as the senior officers of the Met along with the rest of the establishment -- that newspapers were very difficult animals with which to come to grapple, so whether it was News International or Associated Press, these were people with very powerful alliances, so to that degree I don't think there's a reason behind me not seeing these documents, but at the same time the whole law is written to make it difficult for the police to investigate journalists. That's why you have to have special procedure warrants and all the rest of it.

So I think there is an element of they were very powerful agents in the state, and they were very difficult to deal with, but I don't think had we had -- if I can put it this way: had I had and those that I knew around me had direct evidence of unlawful behaviour by journalists we would have stopped, because we wouldn't.

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