So where is the "junior official" who sent all the 25m record on two computer discs? What news of the British civil service's answer to Nick Leeson? Waiting for his Tory knighthood? In the Bahamas, collecting the £100m from the Hugo Drax of identity fraud? Or in a dungeon underneath No10 waiting for personal treatment from Mr Brown? He's being kept safe from wicked media in a hotel, apparently, hospitality of the Public and Commercial Services trade union (who may, who knows, flog him to the highest bidder this Sunday).
All this arouses suspicion from some quarters here in Westminster. The PCS is a little too active, it is being said - and are probably orchestrating the anonymous comments from people saying they are serving or former HMRC staff. The commentators' refrain is a variation on "what do you expect if Brown cuts a quarter of the staff? Pay peanuts, get monkeys". Now may be a clever smear operation, to devalue the horror stories I expect will unfold in the next few days. But this may yet turn into a dirty fight.