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An extremist anti-porn group which claimed to have sent examples of child pornography to the Royal Family and European leaders, appears to have bungled its attempt to rid Europe of Internet smut. For while some sources, including the BBC, claimed that the Belgian-based Morkhoven Group had sent pictures depicting extreme acts of paedophilia to European heads of state and political leaders, no one actually appears to have received anything. A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace -- one of the alleged high-profile targets of the porn -- confirmed that nothing had been received at the Queen's official residence in London. And any fears that Her Majesty might stumble across the offensive material when she goes to pick up her post in the morning were allayed by Royal staff who said HM was currently residing at Windsor Castle. A spokesman for 10 Downing Street, official residence of Prime Minister Tony Blair, also confirmed that no correspondence had been received from the Morkhoven Group. "If it was only sent this week it's unlikely that we'd know anyway," said a Downing Street official in its Correspondence Office. "We're a week or so behind with the post at the moment. Do you want to try later and call back next week?" he said. It was a similar story at the European Commission where a spokeswoman also reported that, to the best of her knowledge, nothing had been received in Brussels. Since the Morkhoven Group is so elusive and doesn't appear to be traceable, it's difficult to confirm exactly what has happened or whether this whole episode is just a hoax. The irony is, if the Morkhoven Group had sent pictures of child porn, as has been maintained, it would also be guilty of trafficking porn -- the very practice it seeks to stamp out. And if it had sent them and they hadn't arrived, perhaps it should think twice about using traditional paper postal services in the future. ®

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