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No, I didn't. And I didn't even speak to the Cabinet colleague whose friend was a suspected victim, and there's a reason for that, because however inconvenient it may be, if you're in receipt of confidential information regarding either an operation or a prosecution, you cannot speak to anyone about that, and in particular, I would think, to suspects, witnesses, victims or whatever. And you can't make an exception of that just because it's a friend who happens to be involved.

So I had no discussions on that, just the same way, if I might say so, during the 12 months of investigation into Mr Blair and his office staff, I had no discussions with them in it and that was a real test, in a sense -- I mean one of them I didn't even bump into from time to time, Michael Levy, who I knew, and I knew his wife was terribly ill. It was terrible what was happening to her. I could not lift the phone to ask him how his wife was throughout that period.

So my knowledge was limited -- not a complaint, matter of record -- but even if it had been greater, it was not within the bounds of propriety and responsibility as Home Secretary to start chatting about this case to witnesses, suspects, victims or whatever.

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