The two complaints will serve as representative of the 41 received by the independent press council — six of which were in writing, the rest by phone.

41 = DELUGE; I wonder what 100 would be? TSUNAMI!!!!

The mood toughened just over a month ago, when I received a phone call from the centre of government telling me: “You’ve had your fun. Now we want the stuff back.” There followed further meetings with shadowy Whitehall figures. The demand was the same: hand the Snowden material back or destroy it. I explained that we could not research and report on this subject if we complied with this request. The man from Whitehall looked mystified. “You’ve had your debate. There’s no need to write any more.”

Things have gotten scary now