Britain’s data watchdog is launching its second investigation into the Scottish government over alleged leaks linked to Alex Salmond.
Holyrood ministers have referred themselves to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the former first minister accused them of distributing “selective and deliberately misleading” information.
His solicitors claim the “data breach” appears to have been deliberately orchestrated to damage Mr Salmond’s reputation.
It followed a story in the Daily Record that identified Mr Salmond as the individual requesting that documents were withheld from the inquiry into the Scottish government’s mishandling of a misconduct investigation into the former first minister.
Mr Salmond’s lawyers insisted that releasing such information would breach a court order.
An ICO spokeswoman said: “The Scottish government has reported a potential incident to us