Yet data from “Operation Motorman” reveals that the Mirror Group paid private investigators some£442,878.73 to illegally procure personal data like tax records, DVLA records, medical and phonerecords. Sixty-five invoices for criminal transactions can be traced back directly to Piers Morgan’s
during his time as editor. This is at a time when he told the CMS committee he shouldbe
for cleaning up the paper and operating the Press Complaints Commission’sCode of Practice
“effectively and seriously”
.The inquiry would benefit from hearing exactly how this contradiction arose and it is not just the“Operation Motorman”data that leads to questions arising about the
under Piers Morgan.Not only has he spoken about both the theory and the practice of phone-hacking but former employees have lifted the lid.
“Many of the Daily Mirror’s stories would come from hacking into acelebrity’s voicemail,”
James Hipwell said of his time at the
between 1998 and his sackingin early 2000. Morgan was editor from 1995 to 2004. Hipwell also said:“
I used to see it going on around me all the time when I worked at the Daily Mirror. I sat right next to the show business desk and there were some show biz reporters who did it asa matter of course, as a basic part of their working day. One of their bosses would wander up and instruct a reporter to `trawl the usual suspects’, which meant going through thevoice messages of celebrities and celebrity PR agents. For everyone to pretend that this issome isolated activity found only at the News of the World is ridiculous, it’s just a lie.”
During a June 2009 appearance on
‘Desert Island Discs’
on Radio Four with Kirsty Young, Morganwas asked directly about phone-hacking
And what about this nice middle class boy who would have to be dealing with I meanessentially people who rake through people’s bins for a living…
People who tap peoples phones , people who take secret photographs…
I know but…
…who do all that very nasty down in the gutter stuff, how did you feel about that?
Well to be honest lets put that in to perspective as well, not a lot of that went on. A lot of it was done…
A lot of it was done by third parties, rather than the staff themselves, that’s not todefend it, because obviously you were running the results of their work. I’m quite happy tobe parked in the corner of tabloid beast and to have to sit here and defend all the things I used to get up to and I make no pretence about the stuff we used to do. I simply say the net of people doing it was very wide and a certainly encompassed the high and the low end of the supposed newspaper market.
Just six months ago Morgan told
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