British Blogger Leaks Names Of Murdoch’s Hacking Journalists
Report by Associated Press
April 10, 2012
Blogger Guido Fawkes’ website: http://order-order.com/page/2/
A blogger has leaked the names of three dozen British journalists allegedly involved with an investigator linked to hacking.
The leak poses another potential embarrassment for the UK’s scandal-tarred media.
Paul Staines, who blogs under the name Guido Fawkes, published what
he said were more than 1000 recorded transactions between staffers at
News International and freelance detective Steve Whittamore, who was
convicted of trading in illegally obtained information. News Corp is the
parent company of News International and of the publisher of this
In a blog post, Mr Staines said he wanted to expose the “industrial
scale criminality” perpetrated by Britain’s press, accusing newspaper
companies of refusing to name names because they “do not wish to report
their own crimes.”
Whittamore worked with hundreds of reporters, bending or breaking the
law to keep his clients supplied with unlisted numbers, vehicle
registration records and other confidential information. Whittamore was
convicted in 2005, but did not go to prison and none of the journalists
who were named in his files were ever punished.
Interest in Whittamore and his associates has been revived by
Britain’s phone hacking scandal, which erupted last year after it
emerged that the News of the World tabloid routinely hacked into the
phones of celebrities and others in the news and bribed officials to win
The hacking scandal has rocked Britain’s establishment, leading to a
slew of arrests, lawsuits, settlements and high-profile resignations.
News Corporation has since closed the News of the World and a judge-led
inquiry could yet propose sweeping changes to the way Britain’s press is
Several British media organisations – including the Guardian, The
Independent and ITV News – have run stories based on the documents
recovered from Whittamore’s office, but so far none have identified the
Staines did so yesterday, publishing a spreadsheet naming 35 journalists from News International.
The Guido Fawkes blog, whose name is a reference to the 17th-century
Catholic who tried to blow up British Parliament, only published a small
subset of the more than 300 reporters named in Whittamore’s files, but
it includes several people at the heart of the hacking scandal….
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