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I think it went beyond surprise. I picked up the phone from my home and phoned a group in my private office called the rapid reaction team who dealt with media, and if you want to know I said basically, "What the hell is going on?" and they said, "We don't know". They then phoned the Permanent Secretary's office and got his assistant called Richard Riley. Richard described to them and they then conveyed to me basically what I'd heard on the Evening News, which wasn't a very enlightening briefing, if you can call it that, and I'm afraid I then -- and it was quite late at night -- picked up the phone and phoned the Met Commissioner and said to him, "What the hell is going on?" And the Met Commissioner was kind enough to confirm the media stories, including the fact that a friend of a Cabinet Minister was a suspect -- sorry, a suspected victim of phone hacking.

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