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The problem here is to analyse from the outside the motivations of individuals. I have nothing to suggest that any individual took a decision based on an overestimate of the importance of the influence of any organisation. The problem is that the levels of contact within people from that organisation were so frequent that the defence of it didn't matter, it is very difficult to maintain. So I just don't know.

Do I believe that John Yates took that decision in order to placate News International? No, I don't. I just don't believe he did that. But his difficulty, without making it more difficult for him, is the number of contacts, and that, I think, is a problem.

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