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- SNP politician Joan McAlpine had an affair with Mark McLachlan
- She employed his wife Jane as a personal photographer using her expenses
- Mrs McLachlan discovered the six-month affair when reading her husband’s Facebook messages
- McLachlans divorced and Joan McAlpine was named as ‘the other woman’
- Mrs McLachlan said she was employed to take ‘largely pointless’ photos
Alex Salmond’s closest aide used public money to hire the wife of the man she had been having a secret affair with, the Mail can reveal today.
The SNP’s Joan McAlpine used her MSP’s allowance to employ mother-of-two Jane McLachlan as a personal photographer after she had a torrid sexual relationship with her 51-year-old husband, Mark McLachlan.
Mrs McLachlan was completely unaware of her husband’s six-month fling with Miss McAlpine, 52, when the MSP paid her nearly £1,800 of taxpayers’ money. She only found out about the affair when she discovered intimate Facebook messages her husband had exchanged with the MSP.
After Mrs McLachlan, 51, confronted him, he wrote to Miss McAlpine: ‘Jane feels doubly betrayed that we set her up to do your photography work.
‘She reads this as the final insult, feeling that we were laughing behind her back.
‘I know this isn’t true and you were only trying to help as you were not allowed to employ me, but in retrospect, this was the wrong thing to do and had not been thought through properly.’
And in an astonishing email to Mrs McLachlan, Miss McAlpine wrote: ‘Dear Jane. I am not having an affair with Mark. I did have a brief relationship with him. It was a mistake.
‘I am very fond of Mark, and as a friend have always tried to help him and his family, even though I was unable to give him a job I did try to put work your way and I lobbied lots of people on his behalf.’
The couple later divorced and South of Scotland MSP Miss McAlpine was named in legal papers as ‘the other woman’.
Last night, MSPs called for a full investigation into Miss McAlpine’s affair with former SNP worker Mr McLachlan and her alleged misuse of public funds.
Tory deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said: ‘It is vitally important that these allegations are fully investigated by the relevant authorities and the public reassured.’
But a spokesman for Miss McAlpine said last night: ‘It is entirely appropriate and within the Scottish parliament’s rules to use parliamentary funds for services such as this.
‘In this case, Ms McAlpine repaid the funds to the parliament in October 2012 at her own instigation because she didn’t feel the volume of work eventually produced warranted the public expense.’
‘In terms of legal expenses, these have all been met personally by Ms McAlpine.’
Miss McAlpine became one of Mr Salmond’s closest allies and confidantes when she entered politics and is understood to be helping him with his political memoirs.
Her affair with Mr McLachlan started in October 2009 while she was deputy editor of the Sunday Times Scotland and he was a constituency worker for Mike Russell, who is now Education Secretary.
The following month, Mr McLachlan was forced to resign from his SNP job in disgrace after being identified as the author of an offensive, pro-Nationalist blog. Days later Miss McAlpine helped her lover write a defence of his position for her newspaper.
The two split up in spring 2010 but remained close confidants. When she later became an MSP, he worked for her in an unofficial capacity several times. But, when she asked the party to allow him to do paid work for her, SNP officials turned down the request.
Miss McAlpine later arranged for £1,750 from her MSP’s allowance to be channelled towards Mr McLachlan via his wife.
On April 16, 2012, the payment was made in advance for ten days’ photography work, but Mrs McLachlan said that by the time she discovered the affair six months later, she had worked less than half the ten days.
Now divorced and living in Spain, Mrs McLachlan said she thought the work was largely pointless. It was particularly odd, she said, given that she was a landscape photographer with little experience doing portraits.
She believes the MSP had two agendas in employing her – to funnel money to Mr McLachlan and to observe her ex-lover’s wife at close quarters. Mrs McLachlan said: ‘She hired me as a photographer, to take pictures of her, I was paid for it. She was in my house, she knew my children. I mean, honestly, it was such a betrayal.
‘It was only when I read Mark’s conversations with her on Facebook that I discovered that the money was really for him and that the photography asked for was just a ruse. I think I did three 15-minute shoots.’
Inexplicably, the photography work does not show up anywhere on Miss McAlpine’s expenses which, in common with those of all MSPs, are open to public inspection.
However, Holyrood’s Allowances Office, which is responsible for the administration of MSPs’ expenses and constituency running costs, does have a record of the payment.
Payments to two other photographers do appear in Miss McAlpine’s expenses for much smaller amounts – two fees of £174 and one of £120.
Salmond’s aide, her ruthless fight to hide a secret affair and the wicked betrayal of a cheated wife
On October 13, 2012, Jane McLachlan picked up her laptop and found herself staring at the private messages on her husband’s Facebook account. He had forgotten to sign off.
What she read in his correspondence destroyed her marriage. It also triggered a desperate battle by Joan McAlpine, one of Alex Salmond’s closest advisers, to survive as an MSP – seemingly at all costs.
For the messages revealed that, before entering politics, Miss McAlpine had an affair with Mrs McLachlan’s husband Mark. And, since she had become an MSP, the two had corresponded frequently, sometimes intimately.
Today the Mail reveals the extraordinary lengths to which Miss McAlpine went to avoid exposure as the paramour in the divorce of Mark and Jane McLachlan.
Her survival campaign involved three solicitors’ firms sending fiercely worded letters to stop mother-of-two Mrs McLachlan speaking out about the MSP or citing adultery as the grounds for her divorce.
Faced with potentially huge legal bills, Mrs McLachlan finally backed down and the details of her husband’s relationship with the journalist-turned-politician were never aired in court.
Now the estranged couple are determined the truth about one of the key figures in the Yes campaign is revealed.
They say Miss McAlpine tried to manipulate both of them to avoid a sex scandal, then used her clout to intimidate the woman whose husband she had slept with, ensuring the divorce decree did not reveal her part in the affair.
For Mrs McLachlan, the MSP’s cynical campaign only added insult to injury.
She says: ‘The reason I went down the adultery road for the divorce is simply that it was true. I didn’t feel a no-faults divorce was being true to myself. I hadn’t done anything wrong in my marriage and I wanted to emphasise to Mark that it was down to his adultery that the marriage had ended.’
Mr McLachlan, a former SNP worker, accepts his infidelity destroyed his 30-year marriage. It was Miss McAlpine who was anxious to avoid acknowledging her part in it.
That has been her approach from day one. Within 24 hours of Mrs McLachlan discovering her husband’s affair, Miss McAlpine clearly feared her days at Holyrood might have been numbered.
She wrote to her former lover: ‘I really would appreciate it if you could let me know what is coming next.’
She added: ‘I never in a million years thought it would lead to this chain of events,’ then repeated, ‘I would appreciate an honest explanation of what is happening, particularly how it might affect my relations with other people in Dumfries where I am trying to build a base for the Yes campaign.’
Miss McAlpine also wrote to Mrs McLachlan, anxious to persuade her not to split with her husband.
The two had had dealings before. In a sinister twist, the politician had engaged Mrs McLachlan weeks earlier to take publicity photographs of her, paying her a total of £1,750 for ten days’ work from her MSP’s allowance.
Mrs McLachlan, a landscape photographer who almost never does portraits, felt the task was spurious and unnecessary and noticed a certain froideur between her and the MSP. Weeks later, as she read her husband’s correspondence, she understood why.
In a Facebook message to her, Miss McAlpine said: ‘Dear Jane, I am not having an affair with Mark. I did have a brief relationship with him between October 2009 and early 2010. It was a mistake.
‘Mark really loves you and the boys and has always made that very clear. I am very fond of Mark and as a friend have always tried to help him and his family, even though I was unable to give him a job I did try to put work your way and I lobbied lots of people on his behalf.
She continued: ‘I would urge you to talk to Mark and try to reach a reconciliation as you are obviously meant for each other.’
Mrs McLachlan had some choice words in her reply, many of them unrepeatable, and said she intended to make the affair public.
Horrified, Miss McAlpine wrote back: ‘It would be awful for your boys and for you and indeed for my family. I can understand why you are angry but I don’t think this course of action is the way to make things better.
‘Why throw away all those years of happiness together and parenthood because of a relationship he had which is long over?’
For his part, Mr McLachlan urged Miss McAlpine to quit frontline politics. Three days after the affair was discovered, he wrote to her: ‘Jane has told me about your messages last night. The best thing for your family and mine is to resign as an MSP.’ She refused to do so.
It was while Mr McLachlan was working as an aide to Scottish Government minister Mike Russell and Miss McAlpine was deputy editor of the Sunday Times Scottish edition that the two met at the SNP conference in Inverness in October 2009.
He said: ‘We were both on our own in the city, drink was taken and we ended up in bed together. It was a fling. To me it was never more than a fling. It was me doing that thing that many married men do – when the opportunity is there you take it. I’m not proud of it.’
Over the next few weeks they met in secret on several occasions, sometimes in her flat in Glasgow.
Then, suddenly, Mr McLachlan was thrust into the limelight as he was outed as the author of an unofficial SNP blog, The Universality of Cheese, which caricatured politicians from rival parties.
The blog, which Mr McLachlan wrote under the pseudonym Montague Burton, was denounced by some as a prime example of the rise of ‘cybernat’ culture – resulting in terrible publicity for the Scottish Government. Particularly embarrassing was the fact it was written by a close aide of a government minister.
As the ongoing scandal grew, Mr McLachlan was forced to resign and, within days, was arrested by the police on a charge of attempting to blackmail Mr Russell, an accusation the blogger found ridiculous. But it was 18 months before the Crown dropped the charge.
There was, however, a way to put his own side of the story across. Together he and Miss McAlpine decamped to Campbeltown, Argyll, and wrote a defence of his blogging activities for the Sunday Times.
Appearing under his name in December 2009, the article ran with the headline: ‘Cybernat? I was just having fun.’
So, clearly, was Miss McAlpine. She was sleeping with the man at the centre of a political storm and, therefore, ideally placed to capitalise on his story.
But Mr McLachlan was already sensing trouble. His lover’s unpredictability made him nervous.
On one occasion, she left a furious voicemail on his phone, threatening to tell his wife of the affair. He came to realise he was staying in the affair purely to ensure she did not carry out that threat. She later apologised, saying she had too much to drink.
He said: ‘She was very needy. She was determined to have a significant other in her life and she wanted me to leave my wife and kids and I’d said no.
‘I was never leaving the boys. It sounds horribly cruel but I really didn’t want the hassle. I didn’t want to continue with her. I wasn’t that physically attracted to her.’
The affair fizzled out not long after the two took a short but strained break together in the West Highlands in March, 2010.
Miss McAlpine was forced to rethink her professional future too as the Sunday Times pulled the plug on its Scottish operation, leaving her redundant.
Within weeks, she had her sights set on a political career – and, largely due to her association with Mr McLachlan, a seat in the south of Scotland was her preferred option.
He said: ‘The moment she made it known she was interested, given the poor quality of so many candidates, to get someone who has been in the public eye and has her media awareness, they would probably have bitten her hand off.’ Miss McAlpine made it to Holyrood as a list MSP and became Mr Salmond’s parliamentary liaison officer a month after the election.
In Dumfries-shire, she and Mr McLachlan worked together frequently until, gradually, it became clear there would be no job for him. Despite his undoubted skills as a constituency aide and publicity man, the party still saw him as toxic.
But that did not extend to his wife. It was, therefore, she who was hired and paid from the public purse for her photographs of the MSP.
‘To be honest we were strapped for cash,’ said Mr McLachlan. ‘I’d tried to avoid signing on. I’d been trying to find work almost continuously since November 2009 and found that I was more or less blackballed from jobs I was more than qualified to do. In retrospect it wasn’t a good idea.
‘Jane started to get inklings that there had been something between us because of the vibe when the two of them met. It was as if Joan was checking her out, along the lines of “What’s she got that I’ve not got?” So I think there was a bit of antipathy from Joan towards Jane.’
On another occasion, Miss McAlpine arrived in Dumfries at short notice and called Mr McLachlan to ask him to dinner at the town’s Aston Hotel.
‘We were both on our own in the city, drink was taken and we ended up in bed together. It was a fling. To me it was never more than a fling. It was me doing that thing that many married men do – when the opportunity is there you take it. I’m not proud of it.’
– Mark McLachlan explains the affair
‘When I got there she had a fair amount to drink and then I got this strange call from her about five minutes after I’d left.
‘She asked if I was all right. It was a heart-in-mouth moment because, by now, I was standing in the bedroom with Jane. I hadn’t been thinking about our past at this point.
‘All I was thinking was it was a waste of time, I’d rather have been at home and I was tired of giving her advice on local politicians and local scenarios.
‘There was no reason for her to call. And I spoke about it with Jane later when she found out about us. I said it was probably a booty call.
‘She was drunk and probably fancied a roll in the hay for old times’ sake. I had ignored all sorts of signals that had been sent out during dinner.’
By October 2012, doubts over her husband’s relationship with Miss McAlpine had been nagging Jane McLachlan for months. When she found her laptop signed on to his Facebook messages, she read the first of them, then proceeded back through the previous months with mounting horror.
Mr McLachlan said: ‘I was upstairs in the office and she came in and told me she knew all about it, that it was over. So the ground opened up and I dived in. It was just the end of everything.’
In her fury, Mrs McLachlan posted a message under her husband’s name on his Twitter page. It read: ‘I f***** Joan McAlpine.’ She thought better of the post ten minutes later and deleted it, but it was enough to send a flood of messages her husband’s way.
The following day he sent a message to Miss McAlpine, telling her: ‘Jane found out about our past affair after discovering the Facebook messages between us. She is devastated and very angry.
‘She has left me to reconsider whether she wants to remain in a relationship with an adulterous b****** like me. I desperately want her to. Despite our affair, I always loved her and still do.’
He added: ‘Jane briefly posted on her Facebook page and my Twitter status about us on Sunday morning. I’ve since deleted both FB and Twitter accounts. Jane feels doubly betrayed that we set her up to do your photography work. She reads this as the final insult, feeling that we were laughing behind her back.’
The message continued: ‘This was the wrong thing to do and had not been thought through properly. I’ve told her the affair ended at least two-and-a-half years ago, however, given our recent contact and your late-night call after we had dinner at the Aston, she believes the affair has continued until recently.’
Mr McLachlan says now: ‘I asked her several times during this exchange never to contact me again, yet the replies kept coming.’
While the McLachlans’ marriage fell apart, Miss McAlpine remained in her job and instructed lawyers to threaten Mrs McLachlan to stop what they described as a campaign of ‘stalking, harassment and threats’ against their client. A letter from Aamer Anwar & Co stated: ‘We believe that your conduct is grossly defamatory of our client,’ and warned that she could be charged by the police if she persisted.
‘I was appalled to get this letter,’ said Mrs McLachlan. ‘It basically accused me of stalking her, which was rubbish and it was clear that she was threatening to have me arrested if I said anything about her.’
If anything, it made Mrs McLachlan more determined to divorce her husband on the grounds of adultery. She responded to the firm: ‘Just to let you know that I do not accept your client’s account below and that I will be naming Joan McAlpine in my divorce proceedings for committing adultery with my husband.’
But Mrs McLachlan says Miss McAlpine’s tactics soon became obvious. ‘She delayed answering my solicitor’s letters, wouldn’t give her address so that the writ could be served and all the delays meant that a year was up and therefore she could claim that I qualified for a simple divorce and hence anything else was vindictive and legally incompetent.’
In August last year, she received a letter from another solicitors’ firm representing Miss McAlpine.
It said: ‘The suggestion that our client be named as the reason for the breakdown of this marriage is both malicious and vexatious given our client’s position in the public arena.
‘Our client is concerned that your client’s motivation is solely to cause our client as much distress and upset as possible.’
It was now clear that, if she proceeded with the divorce on the grounds of adultery, Miss McAlpine’s lawyers would fight her every step of the way.
And, despite her own lawyer Matthew Pumphrey’s belief he could win the case – the adultery, after all, was not denied – he was duty-bound to warn her that if legal costs were awarded against Mrs McLachlan, she could end up heavily in debt. Reluctantly, she agreed to cite separation as the grounds for the divorce rather than risk a messy and costly court battle by insisting on adultery.
Mr McLachlan said: ‘I know she needed to divorce me. She needed to stand up for herself and get some payback and that was the divorce.
‘She needed to not be a victim with Joan McAlpine claiming “You can’t divorce me the way you want because I’ll have you arrested or charged” and playing the same power game the SNP played with me. She needs to stand up and make it loud and clear that she didn’t tolerate this and she does not forgive.
‘I utterly regret embarking on an affair with Joan McAlpine. It happened at a time when I was full of myself. I was full of sh*t basically. I met someone, had sex with them and didn’t kill it when it should have died.
‘If it had stayed as a one night stand we wouldn’t be having this conversation. I regret everything that has happened.’
* Mr and Mrs McLachlan were not paid for this article.
From pop star husband to Tommy Sheridan’s book, accident-prone Joan’s extraordinary rise to SNP poster girl
Nicola Sturgeon was too polished a media performer to betray her irritation with her party colleague on national television. But there could be little doubt that, behind all the airy dismissals on BBC’s Question Time, she dearly wished Joan McAlpine had kept her mouth shut.
The Deputy First Minister was supposed to be using her appearance on the programme to make the case for constitutional change, but repeatedly found herself on the back foot because her fellow Nationalist MSP had been crass enough to claim political parties opposed to independence were anti-Scottish.
Hard as the SNP tried to push the grown-up arguments for breaking up the UK, there was always someone, it seemed, who wandered off-message and played the patriotism card. This time, Miss McAlpine was just so far off-message that opposition parties branded her a racist.
It must have been especially galling for Miss Sturgeon in view of the fact her colleague was supposed to be one of the more media savvy politicians in the party.
She had been a journalist for most of her adult life, after all, working at executive level for more than a decade. Was that not why she had been fast-tracked onto Alex Salmond’s top team of speech- writers and was rarely far from his side as he criss-crossed the country on the 2011 election campaign trail?
If Mr Salmond’s new flame-haired sidekick was such a skilled media operator, why was Miss Sturgeon having to clean up after her on television?
More than two years on, Miss McAlpine’s status as one of the more accident prone members of the Scottish parliament is well established.
It is not simply because she is paid £400 a week to be controversial for the red-top newspaper that employs her as a columnist – although that certainly provides enemies with plenty of ammunition.
It is her lacklustre performance at Holyrood too.
Several times when tabled to ask a question in parliament she has been nowhere to be found.
Most memorably, she was taken to task by Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick in May, 2012 for failing to turn up to ask a question on NHS care for osteoarthritis patients.
The parliamentary business had slipped her mind because she was, at the time, dining with Mr Salmond – enjoying smoked venison with blue cheese dressing, before cruising into breast of chicken with grilled asparagus, chorizo and Parma ham in Holyrood’s luxury restaurant.
The lapse would have been more forgivable if Mrs Marwick had not sent the MSP two letters the previous year, reminding her of her duty to attend when she was supposed to be asking questions – and had Miss McAlpine not failed to turn up to ask a scheduled question only the previous month.
On the day of ‘venison-gate’, Mrs Marwick told MSPs: ‘This is not the first, nor is it the second, time that Ms McAlpine has acted this way.
‘I expect an explanation and an apology to the chamber by the end of the day.’
‘The fault is entirely mine,’ the contrite MSP told the chamber later that day. ‘I am afraid I completely lost track of time.’
She added: ‘I take this as a salutary lesson which I will reflect upon.’
As a young woman, it is unlikely that Gourock-born Miss McAlpine ever foresaw a time when she would be submitting herself to parliamentary dressing downs.
As the girlfriend, and later the wife, of Hue and Cry singer Pat Kane, she was half of one of the most fashionable couples in the Scottish cultural landscape.
After cutting her teeth on the Greenock Telegraph, she moved to the Scotsman, soon becoming a high-profile voice there.
Feisty and ambitious, she pinballed between Scottish newspaper titles until, as deputy editor of the Sunday Times, Scotland, in 2010, she found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when the plug was pulled on the paper’s Scottish operation.
By then Miss McAlpine was one of the country’s best known SNP- supporting journalists. Redundancy was perhaps just the push she needed to fight for independence as a politician first, journalist second.
Politics, particularly the hard-Left variety, had always inspired her.
As far back as 1994 she had collaborated with socialist firebrand Tommy Sheridan on a book, A Time to Rage, detailing his rise to prominence through his angry battles against the poll tax.
The two became close friends at the time – but Miss McAlpine came to reassess her view of the man as she watched him fight for his reputation in his defamation case against the News of the World in 2006.
She wrote: ‘As well as a soldier and footballer, he once fancied himself as an actor. A method actor, like Robert De Niro, someone who inhabited the role. Looking back at his career in the past 15 years leaves me wondering whether he was playing a series of star parts in a private movie.’
The significance of the fact she was then working for the Sunday Times, the Rupert Murdoch-owned stable-mate of the News of the World, would have been lost on neither of them.
By the time Sheridan’s marriage was thrust into the spotlight in the law courts, Miss McAlpine’s had already crumbled.
She and Kane, parents to two daughters, separated in 2002, a year after they had bought the late Donald Dewar’s former home in Glasgow’s North Kelvinside. They are not divorced and friends say she lapses into dewy-eyed reminiscences about him frequently.
According to Mark McLachlan, with whom she embarked on an affair in 2009, Miss McAlpine’s volatility mitigated against her forming stable, long-term relationships.
On one occasion during their affair, Mr McLachlan was visiting the Scottish parliament and had planned to have drinks with his lover and several others after an evening debate in which she was a panellist.
However, during the debate he was tipped off that several journalists were about to break a big story about him, his blog and the fact he worked for SNP minister Mike Russell.
Mr McLachlan said: ‘I was advised to leave in the middle of this Q&A session. I waved to her as I left and got on the train and about an hour later I got a voicemail from Joan McAlpine haranguing me in the worst possible ways and threatening to tell my wife about our affair simply because I hadn’t been there at the end of this thing to do the drinks and mingle.’
Publicly, Miss McAlpine has given away little about her private life since entering the Scottish parliament – and the little that has emerged about it she fought tooth and nail to keep quiet.
As recently as this week, the Glasgow legal firm representing her, HBM Sayers, sent a fax to Mrs McLachlan’s lawyer, Matthew Pumphrey at Primrose & Gordon in Dumfries, insisting that neither he nor she spoke to journalists.
Mr Pumphrey said that there was nothing preventing either one from doing so.
It was in August 2013 that Miss McAlpine was named as the ‘other woman’ in divorce papers following the break-down of Mark and Jane McLachlan’s marriage.
The public outing as the paramour was perhaps the most searing of all the trials in her political life thus far, not just because of the shame it brought, but also because it left her in no doubt as to the threat Mrs McLachlan now posed to her career.
As soon as she was cited in the divorce case, a Holyrood promotional event Miss McAlpine was supposed to be appearing at was cancelled. She refused to take the stage at another event in Dumfries-shire after learning that Mrs McLachlan was in the audience.
Was Mr Salmond’s key ministerial aide now fatally compromised? To a far greater extent than she would have been comfortable with, that appeared to depend on what the McLachlans did next.
So Miss McAlpine occupies a curious place in the SNP group in the Scottish parliament. She is one of the most inexperienced MSPs there and yet, bizarrely, among the closest to First Minister Alex Salmond.
Thanks to her newspaper column, she enjoys as high a profile as many ministers, yet a worrying amount of what she has to say in it ends up embarrassing her and the party.
There was, for example, her bizarre attack on Better Together campaign leader and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling: ‘Quite why he thinks he has the right to come to Scotland and lecture us about how to run our affairs is breathtaking in its arrogance,’ she blasted.
Quite why a Scottish politician representing an Edinburgh constituency should be discouraged from sharing his opinions in his homeland she does not explain. The clear implication, though, is Scottish politicians who attain high office in Westminster forfeit the right to a view on affairs north of the Border.
Then there was her comparison of Scotland’s relationship with England to an abusive marriage.
She said the Union was akin to ‘the marriage of a talented, well-educated girl with good prospects and her own income, to a domineering man’ – an analogy many found offensive both to women and to Scotland.
Nor was it her finest hour when she characterised the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the First World War centenary as ‘jingoistic’. And yet, as Alex Salmond begins to consider his place in the history of the country he longs to take out of the UK, it is to his favoured prose writer Miss McAlpine that he has turned to work with him on his autobiography.
As a result, special time with the First Minister is understood to have been granted to Miss McAlpine with a view to preparing the volume – putting several senior SNP noses out of joint.
The First Minister’s instincts for his team’s strengths and weaknesses have proved pretty reliable thus far in government. So is his loyalty to Miss McAlpine an aberration? And, in this most crucial of years in his political career, how dearly could it cost him?
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