Damian Green: 'Thousands' Of Porn Images Found On Computer, Ex-Detective Claims

"Thousands" of pornographic thumbnail images were found on a computer from the Commons office of Conservative MP Damian Green, now Theresa May's deputy, an ex-Scotland Yard detective has claimed.

But one friend and fellow MP condemned the media and police for "hounding" Green over claims that he has repeatedly denied, and which do not include allegations of illegal activity.

Neil Lewis, who checked the machine in 2008 as part of an inquiry into government leaks, told the BBC that he could not definitively prove that the "thousands" of legal explicit thumbnails were being accessed by Green himself.

But, he said, "the computer was in Mr Green's office, on his desk, logged in, his account, his name.

"In between browsing pornography, he was sending emails from his account, his personal account, reading documents... it was ridiculous to suggest that anybody else could have done it."

Green is currently the subject of a cabinet office investigation looking into claims that pornography was found on the computer.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Green said: "It would be inappropriate for Mr Green to comment on these allegations while the Cabinet Office investigation is ongoing.

"However, from the outset he has been very clear that he never watched or downloaded pornography on the computers seized from his office.

"He maintains his innocence of these charges and awaits the outcome of the investigation."

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Britain's First Secretary of State Damian Green stands in silence at the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service in London, Britain, November 12, 2017. Green has denied viewing or downloading pornography. Toby Melville/Reuters

The police investigation in which the computer was examined has already been the subject of controversy. At the time, Conservative MP Richard Bacon said that then-Commons speaker Michael Martin had "failed in his fundamental duty to protect Parliament" by allowing the raid of Green's office to take place.

Green's friend and fellow Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell repeated Green's denial, and questioned whether it was appropriate for police to be publicly discussing their findings in this way.

"Mr Green has been absolutely emphatic in what he has said. He has said repeatedly that he never downloaded, nor viewed this material, and I think that Mr Green is entitled to be believed," Mitchell said in a Today programme interview.

"You are not guilty until proven so in this country," he continued, "and I think the hounding of Mr Green over information which everyone is clear was entirely legal and which he has emphatically denied either downloading or viewing is completely wrong."

"Nine years later, after a pretty contentious raid of a senior politician's office," Mitchell added, "entirely legal information is now leaked, nine years later, to blacken the name of a serving cabinet minister, and I think that is wrong."