It seems that just as Harvey Proctor has claimed, the police assured General Sir Hugh Beach that he was not a suspect when they interviewed him.
I think at the very least the police should clear that up.
On Tuesday he held an extraordinary press conference in which he accused the Metropolitan Police of running a “homosexual witch hunt”.
But he also named other men who police were allegedly investigating, including three who had not been made public before.
The MP had also not contacted the individuals or their surviving families before naming them.
One of them was Sir Hugh, a former Master General of the Ordnance and former Deputy Commander in Chief of UK Land Forces.
In a statement, Sir Hugh, 92, said: “The police have confirmed that despite what has been reported in the press no allegation of any kind has been made against me.
“I am keen to give them every assistance and they have confirmed that I have been as helpful as possible in connection with their investigation.
“The police have interviewed me on one occasion but not in any sense as a suspect.”
His son, John, said: “’It’s extraordinary. My father is a 92-year-old gentleman and I don’t think he’s done anything wrong.
“I’ve never heard Harvey Proctor’s name in my father’s circle. They certainly weren’t mates.
“He was a very senior Army officer, a full General – anyone of that kind seems to be a target.”
Mr Proctor also named Sir Michael Hanley, who was Director General of MI5 from 1971 to 1978 and died in 2001.
In a statement on behalf of the family, his daughter Sarah said: “Until this morning we knew of no alleged investigation by the Met in to allegations against our father.
Our father was a decent, loving, principled family man. These are unfounded allegations from an anonymous source and, as such, have no effect on our father’s good name.”