Scotland Yard officers investigating allegations of computer hacking by News International staff have declined to "give a running commentary" on their probe, batting away MP Tom Watson's narration of the saga. The Labour backbencher and member of the culture, media and sport select committee had said earlier on Twitter: The Met …
Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Allegedly, the hack guessed the password. How? Given that Nightjack was then anonymous, the answers to the security questions wouldn't have helped. Even if he used real answers.
Probably because the password was "Password123" or something similar.
If this is accurate...
..., it kind of permanently puts the kibosh on NI's attempts to limit the toxic overspill to the defunct NotW, doesn't it? First it was one investigator and we didn't know, then it was one journalist and he didn't have approval, then a few bad apples (ditto), then one bad paper but we've closed it... It'll become almost impossible to argue that there isn't a general culture of lawlessness at NI, won't it?
And you think this behaviour is confined to the Murdoch group? How charmingly naif.
Every group of journalists in the country has always included a smaller or larger subset prepared to use more or less dodgy methods to get a good story, such as 'blagging' and 'guessing' voicemail or web mail passwords. In so far as they broke the law and are unable to produce a convincing 'public interest' defence they should be punished appropriately.
Of course not...
...but seeing one bunch of scumbags laid low is better than none.
I wonder how many people who bang on about "Climategate" and how it revealed important truths that the public needed to know etc. etc., will be condemning email hacking when it's done by Rupert Murdoch's hacks.
Anybody know how many former Chief Constables have had anti-terrorism jobs at the Met during which time they 'investigated' phone hacking allegations against the NotW, and then after retiring from the Met they've taken up paid positions at News International?
Is it just A**y H****n?
Its worse than that Jim
Handyman was actually writing for the Times.
Who are they batting away?
My reading is that they are not prepared to give the Register a running commentary but may well be doing so to the MP.
Maybe they won't because...
Presumably the Met are planning on introducing a paywall to the running commentary, to be announced shortly.