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August 02, 2007



From memory, it was clear that Sir Ian Blair knew that the man shot was unconnected to anything relevant to the July 21st events at his first press conference after the event - I can't remember if this was the Friday afternoon or the Saturday AM; he used a very specific form of words - "connected to the investigation" ( IIRC he actually repeated this locution when deflecting a question designed to tease the details of this out ) - that was oxymoronic in context, and was clearly a formulation designed to buy time for finalising a "straight" narrative, disposing of evidence and cycling the "justificatory" and "exculpatory" spin through the media.

I was always skeptical of the story from the moment it unfolded - but Blair's very specific wording confirmed that an innocent had been shot.

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