Adam Smith’s evidence to Leveson seems to be contradicting his resignation statement. Asked by Robert Jay QC whether the communications created the impression that Hunt’s office were too close to News Corporation, he said:

“I don’t think the substance of what we’ve been through was inappropriate.”

So why did he put his signature to this?

“I appreciate that my activities at times went too far and have, taken together, created the perception that News Corporation had too close a relationship with the department”

It doesn’t seem as though Smith thinks he has done much wrong here.

On the basis of his testimony, perhaps “resigned” is a euphemism for “sacked”.

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