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I, if I may say so, very much share your views of Adam Smith. I had a high regard for him. We worked very closely with him and very successfully, I think, over two years or so. It's a matter of intense regret to me that this happened.

You ask my opinion as to how it happened. I suppose the -- I don't know, is the immediate answer, but the judgment I've formed is that, sadly, Mr Smith -- I personally believe against his will and against his intentions -- was drawn into almost what seems to me to be a sort of web of manipulation and exaggeration, and was inadvertently, I think, drawn beyond what he intended to do or wanted to do, but unfortunately he was drawn beyond it.

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