It is such a terrible inconvenience that a misunderstanding should lead to so many mountains of paperwork. Of course, these are the trials we must daily endure, and the support and aid from my fellow governors and other members of the Ministry, not to mention the unwavering devotion of my beloved wife and son, have been instrumental these past weeks.
As you may well be aware, some time ago, an incident at the Ministry of Magic resulted in my immediate imprisonment in Azkaban, without the benefit of a trial, an attorney, or any other such niceties that would easily have cleared up the situation. However, these are dark times, and it is understandable that the Ministry would see fit to act as quickly as possible to prevent any potential misfortunes.
However, in doing so, the truth of the situation became buried in the bowels of the Ministry, and the elucidation of facts became a tedious and time-consuming matter that has only just recently come to fruition.
It has finally become public knowledge that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has indeed returned to Wizarding Britain. I'm certain you will not fault the Ministry for wanting to keep such information concealed - the last thing Minister Fudge and the Board of Governors wished to do was to create a panic attack, especially without irrefutable proof. However, now, said proof has been obtained, and the Ministry is currently doing everything in our power to prevent another uprising.
As to the incident that led to the capture of several Death Eaters, the details are not available to the public at this time, to protect the names of the innocent individuals and their families who were so unfortunate as to have been involved. However, the particulars as relating to myself are quite simple.
Since the Ministry first got wind of the possibility that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was not, in fact, gone, we resolved to find out as much as possible to either support or deny this allegation. However, as such information is not easily obtained, the only manner by which we could learn anything useful was by direct infiltration.
As I have...experience in the area, the task fell to me to learn as much as I could through whatever means necessary. Unfortunately, as this was not a pastime that could be publicly condoned by the Ministry, it was kept highly secret so that very few individuals were aware of it, in case something should go wrong. Even my family was kept uninformed as to what was going on, for which I am deeply regretful as I know the entire situation was painful for my darling wife and son, who had to suffer the negative backlash.
As a result of this lack of disseminated information, however, it was very easy for assumptions and rumors to develop before the Ministry had a chance to sort out the mess and reveal the truth. However, a resolution has finally been reached, and I am free to inform you of my innocence, and of the terrible misunderstanding that led to the initial confusion.
I, Lucius Aemilius Malfoy, have been working on behalf of the Ministry as a spy. This is not the first time this has been attempted; you may recall a similar admission by one Severus Snape, now the professor of Potions at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and an upstanding Wizarding citizen. After Professor Snape's admission, however, it could not have been possible for him to return to the inner circle of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. It is therefore unfortunate that I, too, should be forced into such a public admission, as it negates my work of the past several years. However, it is not to be helped, and now I have only my apologies to make to all those individuals whom I have unwittingly injured in my pursuit of the truth.
I should like to extend my especial regrets to Mr Harry Potter, who has suffered a great deal more than any young man should have to endure at the hands of such evil, and it is with greatest sincerity that I humbly beg his apologies for the wrongs I have done him. In addition, most fervent apologies to my wife, Narcissa, and son, Draco, who have been made to endure such horrendous condemnation on my behalf. I am more sorry than I can ever say, and am forever indebted to you for your understanding and unswerving allegiance.
In addition, I should like to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Mr Percy Weasley; without his keen and observant eye and his quick and thoughtful actions, I might yet be languishing in the darkness.