No charges for terror arrest Tory
Nor for civil servant
The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that Damian Green, the MP arrested by anti-terror police, should not be prosecuted and nor should the civil servant suspected of leaking Home Office information.
Coupled with a critical report from the Home Affairs Committee, the decision adds to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's embarrassment - although given recent events it seems her embarrassment threshold is quite high.
The Committee found senior civil servants played up an imaginary threat to national security posed by the leaks in order to encourage the police to take action. They arrested Green - the shadow immigration minister - and searched both his homes and Parliamentary office. Civil servant Christopher Galley was also arrested and questioned.
Neither will now face prosecution relating to these charges.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said: "I have concluded that the information leaked was not secret information or information affecting national security: It did not relate to military, policing or intelligence matters. It did not expose anyone to a risk of injury or death. Nor, in many respects, was it highly confidential.
"Much of it was known to others outside the civil service, for example, in the security industry or the Labour Party or Parliament."
Starmer said because of this there was no realistic chance of convicting either Green or Galley.
The DPP considered alleged offences of misconduct in public office against Galley, and alleged offences of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring that offence by Damian Green as well as a charge of conspiracy.
The full CPS advice to the Met Police is here. ®
@so. (AC @15:12)
Government covers up important information and lies about it ("Immigrant problem? What immigrant problem?").
Opposition MP reveals the lies and cover up (and please note that the Opposition is actually part of the government of this country, it is supposed to make sure that the party in power is kept honest).
If you are referring to the emails between Derek Draper and one of Gordon Brown's most senior advisors in your comment re Labour MP/employee, I suggest you might need to rethink. If you cannot see a problem when a senior aide suggests deliberately telling lies in order to harm other people - especially if those people are on the opposite "team" - then I do not believe you should be commenting on right and wrong.
Of course, if you really believe that there is nothing wrong with what Damian McBride wanted to do then I'm wasting my time with this.
But don't forget how the young Mr Gordon Brown first got himself in the public eye - leaks from government offices or something, wasn't it? So yes, New Labour is keeping up with Old Labour's double standards. Well spotted.
Rooms in the Tower.... for the Highly Deserving and Conniving
"I won't even go into how I know, but things are looking really bad for a few MP's & Shadow MP's" ..... By Anonymous Coward Posted Thursday 16th April 2009 17:33 GMT
AC, It is in the national interest that it should be catastrophically bad for more than just a few, given the apparent exalted levels of dis-service and even treachery some have been and others are probably still involved in.
It is an interesting episode for Mr Yates the new Met. head of counter terrorism to inherit, although he has a history of always falling badly and letting the home side down at the final hurdle with the CPS, who take his ball away. Shame that he wouldn't have another one to make a set which are actually something other than just useless ornaments. Although with the Law so often being such an Ass in Sensitive Future Matters , will it also discover and root out its own Self Serving Pariahs and Delinquent Advisors.
.. conservative mp/employee leaks documents , its seen as ok, the government are at fault for reporting it.
labour mp/emloyee leaks document, has to resign, its not ok and the government are at fault for not doing anything about it.
good to see the double standards still going :D