Britain’s leading civil liberties campaigner targeted by police in Damian Green leaks probe
Police in the Home Office leaks inquiry were looking for information on Britain’s leading civil liberties campaigner, it was claimed last night.
Anti-terror officers apparently searched private emails on the computer they seized from Tory MP Damian Green’s parliamentary office using the keyword ‘Shami Chakrabarti’.
The director of Liberty had nothing to do with the investigation.
Last night Mr Green said the actions smacked of a ‘police state’ while Miss Chakrabarti, who has been a fierce critic of the Government on ID cards and detention without trial, branded it McCarthyite.
The development will add to the criticism of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith who is already on the rack after police cleared Mr Green and the civil servant who leaked information to him of any wrongdoing.
But they will also put renewed pressure on Scotland Yard to explain the actions of the officers who carried out the investigation.