For he had gone to the police, and taken the consequences, at even the hint of a petty threat, one that had nothing to do with secrets.
He had also told all the details, silly or shocking as they might be, and shown that he did not flinch from the 'friends, associates, or the public at large' knowing them.
But such arguments would only accentuate an impression of indiscretion.
They would render him the more outrageously anti-social, the more appallingly unpredictable.
He was not a frequenter of the few furtive English 'restaurants, night clubs and bars'. But to the mind of security, his holidays abroad were a nightmare.
Inasmuch as Britain was a free country, and he a free citizen, he was entitled to make them.
But he enjoyed no right to have young Norwegians come to visit him, and whatever the details of the mysterious 'Kjell crisis' of March 1953, a matter of which the local CID knew nothing, it certainly had the effect that Kjell returned to Norway without Alan seeing him.