Metropolitan Police cave on their threat to use the Official Secrets Act…

So the Met’s intended use of the Official Secrets Act has collapsed before it had begun

On reflection no doubt they will come to view it as a spectacularly stupid move, not least because it seems they did not even consult with Dominic Grieve, the UK Attorney General before making the threat… It contrasts with their strangely lax treatment of the initial hackgate lead…

It’s a racing certainty that Mr Greive would have given them pretty short shrift… This one occasion when the right thing to do is also the politically expedient thing to do… Why even Richard Littlejohn, was forced by the Met’s twisted logic to come, and for once, bat for the ‘dreaded’ Guardian..

Remind me again why a free and robust media is essential to the running of an open and healthy democracy?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty