But this is impressively dishonest from Jim Gamble, former supercop and head of the Home Office's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre:
He also defended the record of the operation and told the Radio 4 programme that more than 90% of the individuals tracked by police had pleaded guilty.Ah, police logic. We got a conviction, so they're guilty. They must be guilty, because we got them. This is why they accepted cautions - because they were offered them as an alternative to being raped or stabbed in jail.
"That's not about credit card fraud," he said.
"That's people who - the allegation has been levelled against them, the evidence has been collected and they, at court or through accepting an adult caution, which 600-plus of them did, have said I am guilty of this offence."
I've no idea why anyone would think being falsely accused would be less frightening than being accused of something you actually did, especially when it was based on "evidence" that was given out as near-infallible and was incomprehensible to most jurors. Gamble, of course, is not going to rock the boat now he has his own little budgetivorous organism.