lucy24 - 12:09 am on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
Well, this part at least can be answered by a quick look at logs. Has anyone seen the googlebot-- the real thing, not a spoofer-- snuffling around where it doesn't belong?
The googlebot doesn't follow links in the strict sense*. It gets information that says "this page exists" and puts it on a shopping list for later.
* There may be exceptions involving non-page files, but that's an unrelated issue.