Nicola Sturgeon's government has been accused of "pulling a veil of secrecy" over the Alex Salmond sexual misconduct allegations after rejecting a litany of requests for even the most basic information.
The Scottish Government has rejected nearly all of the 21 Freedom of Information (FoI) requests that were tabled regarding Mr Salmond's conduct and Ms Sturgeon's dealings with her predecessor.
Although Mr Salmond has publicly stated he held three meetings "in person" with his former deputy to discuss the two complaints, her government refused to disclose even their dates and locations.
Neither would the SNP administration say whether Leslie Evans, Ms Sturgeon's most senior mandarin, was aware of the talks.
The Scottish Government also refused to confirm how many times Mr Salmond contacted Ms Sturgeon regarding the civil service investigation into the claims or whether a record was kept of their conversations.
Among the less straightforward requests were for the content of any electronic messages between Ms Sturgeon, Ms Evans and Mr Salmond.
A similar request was tabled with regards the Scottish Government's dealings with Peter Murrell, Ms Sturgeon's husband and the SNP's chief executive.
With nearly all of the rejections, the Scottish Government refused to "confirm or deny whether any information is held."
After applying a key test required by the FoI legislation, it argued that even disclosing whether the information exists "would be contrary to the public interest."
It also repeatedly argued that disclosing the information "would be likely to prejudice substantially the administration of justice" and breach data protection rules.
The SNP government's abject refusal to properly answer almost any of the queries posed will rightly lead people to question what they have to hide
Rhoda Grant, Scottish Labour MSP
The Scottish Government published the 21 responses after vowing to "vigorously" fight Mr Salmond over his legal challenge to the complaints procedure used to investigate the complaints.
The complaints about Mr Salmond were made in January, only weeks after Ms Sturgeon approved the new procedures.
Two women have alleged he sexually harrassed them in late 2013, when he was First Minister. He strongly denies any criminality.
The Scottish Government said that the two complaints were "at the heart of this issue" and it will make available as much information as possible "in the fullness of time."
Rhoda Grant, a Labour MSP, said the allegations were "extremely serious" and "the absolute priority must be to ensure they are fully and properly investigated."
"However, it is clear from these emails that the SNP government is pulling a veil of secrecy over its - and Nicola Sturgeon's - possible interactions with the former SNP First Minister after these shocking allegations came to light," she said.
"The SNP government's abject refusal to properly answer almost any of the queries posed will rightly lead people to question what they have to hide."
She argued it was essential to have "absolute transparency" given SNP ministers' special advisers "have been known to interfere" with FoI responses.
A damning official inquiry found in June that the Scottish Government was operating a secret two-tier FoI regime that made it harder to journalists and opposition MSPs to obtain embarrassing documents.
A Scottish Tory spokesman said: "Transparency is absolutely key, and the Scottish Government ought to be able to reveal these details without jeopardising anything.
“If people are to have trust in this process, it’s vital ministers and their officials can be as open as possible.”
The Scottish Government partially answered one of the FoIs, confirming Ms Sturgeon's previous public statement that Mr Salmond made her aware of the complaints in April.
However, it refused the second part asking "what action she took upon being given this information."
In its only response to an FoI to elicit substantial new information, the Scottish Government said it was currently dealing with seven live cases of harassment and bullying.
It also disclosed there have been 41 cases since 2013 in the government's central directorates.
However, another FoI was refused after asking for any correspondence since 2007 with trade unions dealing with the First Minister's conduct.
The Scottish Government said it "can make no further comment at this time" for legal reasons.
A spokesman said: "The Freedom of Information Act makes specific and well-known provision for circumstances where releasing information would be likely to prejudice substantially the administration of justice."