“Plausible deniability” is an important concept if you are at the head of an organisation.
It allows you to conceal a greater truth while telling no lies.
Imagine you are at the top of a major organisation.
Ah, go on.
You can do it!
Now, let’s say a firm of solicitors has carried out a sampling exercise for you and they uncover a major problem in your operation.
In fact they unearth a major clusterfuck.
They submit an interim report and then ask you for authorisation to go through every single piece of paper from way back.
Their request is denied.
As CEO of the organisation you can say that the full report is not in your possession.
That isn’t a lie.
If the communication is handled between the legal people and the organisation’s number two then that is another good move.
As the head honcho you can swear blind that you haven’t received anything onto your big shiny desk.
Once more, no lie is told.
Clever, isn’t it?
The only problem arises if there are pesky journalists digging around asking difficult questions as opposed to docile hacks who wait in line for a press release.