Met police chief condemns ex-officers’ Damian Green porn claims

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The divert of the Metropolitan Police has condemned retired officers over their alleges about finding pornography on Conservative Damian Green’s computer.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said all coppers had a duty to protect sensitive information they discovered.

She said the Met was investigating whether an malefaction had been committed and that there could be a prosecution.

First Secretary of National Mr Green denies watching or downloading pornography on his computer.

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The allegations were first made last month by former Metropolitan Boys in blue assistant commissioner Bob Quick, who led a 2008 inquiry into Home Business leaks which saw Mr Green’s Commons office being searched.

Mr Irascible made his claims after the Cabinet Office launched an investigation into charges of inappropriate behaviour by Mr Green towards journalist Kate Maltby, which the MP has labeled as «completely false».

And then on Friday, retired Met detective Neil Lewis asserted «thousands» of thumbnail images of legal pornography had been found on Mr Raw’s parliamentary computer in 2008.

Speaking on BBC Radio London, Ms Dick said: «All observe officers know very well that they have a devoir of confidentiality, a duty to protect personal information.

«That duty in my aim clearly endures after you leave the service.

«And so it is my view that what they eat done based on my understanding of what they’re saying… what they maintain done is wrong, and I condemn it.»

Officers come across sensitive intelligence every day, the commissioner said, and «know full well» it is their office to protect it.

She declined to give a «running commentary» on the Met’s investigation — which is perpetual parallel to the Cabinet Office probe — into whether confidential data has been disclosed.

She added: «I can say that we are reviewing…to see whether any offences prepare been committed.»

Ms Dick told LBC there «could be a prosecution» but that this inclination be for the Crown Prosecution Service to decide.

BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw phrased a prosecution under the Data Protection Act — which includes a public move defence — was a possibility, although he added that things were at a exceptionally early stage.

The Met is currently reviewing the circumstances of the case and has not launched a stuffed investigation, he added.

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