A lawyer has made a brief statement on behalf of Christopher Galley, the (currently suspended) Home Office civil servant at the centre of the inquiry into leaks to Damian Green.

This is what he had to say (not verbatim):

Galley and Green first met in 2006 at the Commons and stayed in contact over two years.

Galley gave Green information that was important for the public to know in an open democratic and parliamentary system.

Green received it in that spirit and used it in the course of his parliamentary duties.

He believed it would be used in a responsible manner in the public interest.

Galley was arrested in dawn raid by anti-terror police on 19th November, held for 17 hours and released after exhaustive questioning, throughout which he cooperated.

Those who sanctioned that style of arrest should decide if it was necessary and proportionate.

"If there was ever a case of don’t shoot the messenger this is it."

He has been bailed to return to the police in January.

Given that he is under active police investigation, he cannot answer questions or make any further statement.

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