Ex-officers in Damian Green porn claims 'could face charges'

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 6, 2017

A former senior police officer, who accused Damian Green of possessing a huge amount of porn on his computer, is threatening legal action against him unless the MP retracts claims he is lying. That is completely untrue.

On Tuesday (5 December), Quick responded to those comments, saying: "Damian Green called me a liar.That is completely untrue".

In a statement issued by his solicitors, Quick said everything he claimed about the case was "accurate, in good faith, and in the firm belief that I have acted in the public interest".

"During an investigation of his parliamentary office in 2008, it was reported to me and to other senior officers that a vast amount of pornography was discovered on the computer in Damian Green's Parliamentary office, on his account".

"I was told that internet history data logs indicated that the material had been viewed prolifically and in working hours".

And in an apparent attack on the Commons authorities, Mr Quick said: "I recommended that the issue be referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards".

Mr Green, who is the subject of a Cabinet Office inquiry, has strongly denied downloading or watching porn on the computer. "As far as I know, no such reference was made".

But he explained that after it wasn't he contacted the Cabinet Office in early November this year after the investigation first opened into Mr Green - which at the time focused on allegations he behaved inappropriately towards a Tory activist.

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"I did not approach the Sunday Times with this information".

Following Mr Green's deeply unpleasant and personal attack upon me, I was contacted by Neil Lewis, who had undertaken the interrogation of Mr Green's hard drive in 2008. Everything I have said about this matter has been in good faith, and in the firm belief that I have acted in the public interest.

He continued: "I wish to make it clear for the avoidance of any doubt or further speculation that I am in no way motivated politically and bear no malice whatsoever to Damian Green". The policeman went on to accuse Green of leaking his address to a website before David Cameron called the claims "baseless".

"This is despite unfortunate and deeply hurtful attempts to discredit me". He has called on Green to publicly retract allegations that he lied about the pornography found, The Independent reported. "I am considering legal action".

The Ashford MP dismissed the porn allegations at that time as "false, disreputable political smears from a discredited police officer acting in flagrant breach of his duty" and "little more than an unscrupulous character assassination".

Officers come across sensitive information every day, the commissioner said, and "know full well" it is their duty to protect it.

Asked if prosecutions could occur in such circumstances, she said: "Undoubtedly, if offences have been disclosed and that can be proved, it would be a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service, but there could be a prosecution".

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