Monday, October 31, 2011

#Hackgate #MET #Bribes - Gordon Brown Is he The International Politician ?

Check requested on James Gordon Brown (2003)
Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown's office were warned about illegal data checks on the former prime minister in 2003. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
An unexpected ruling by a judge six years ago effectively covered up the chance to publicly expose evidence of the illegal targeting of Gordon Brown, which had been unearthed by a startled team of provincial detectives.

Operation Reproof, by Plymouth police, revealed the first of what became many systematic attempts to gain illegal confidential information on the prime minister and his family, but their findings were suppressed.

The Guardian has now been able to document the facts.

Files buried in police archives detail the discovery of an extraordinary nationwide network of private investigators, whom a corrupt local police officer was feeding with information filched from the police national computer (PNC).

To the detectives' surprise, the targets included the then chancellor of the exchequer, listed by his full name, James Gordon Brown and date of birth, as well as two other Labour politicians.

They were the chancellor's close colleague, the agriculture minister Nick Brown, plus the embattled MP for Reading West, Martin Salter, who at the time of the PNC break-in had been publicly put on an "enemies list" by the then News of the World editor, Rebekah Brooks.

An Exeter detective constable, Phil Diss, was covertly performing PNC checks, which were subsequently sold on to private investigators in bulk, for as little as £40 or even £20 a time.

Gordon Brown's office were privately warned in 2003 at the time of discovery of the illegal data checks, according to sources familiar with the case. So too were Nick Brown and Salter.

Diss, a popular and long-serving police officer, used his official access to the PNC to supply results to his former boss, a retired police inspector, who ran a commercial investigation agency in Exmouth, servicing other private detectives across the country.

SAS Investigations in Exmouth gleaned material from a stable of several local police officers and civil servants able to get into official databases, containing criminal records, other police intelligence and social security details.

The purchaser of information on the three Labour politicians was Glen Lawson, another private detective in Newcastle upon Tyne, according to police records and court transcripts obtained by the Guardian.

Lawson, who still trades in Tyneside under the name Abbey Investigations, refuses to say which journalists contracted him to pursue Gordon Brown and other members of the Labour government. He told the Guardian at the weekend: "I am not going to make any comment".

Lawson was raided on 26 February 2003 by Devon and Cornwall police and his files seized. He himself was not charged, the court was later told, because of a CPS decision to try to avoid excessive prosecution delays.

But the evidence involving Gordon Brown did form part of the Crown case against Diss and his former boss, Alan Stidwill of SAS Investigations. Eventually, six people were charged with offences involving misconduct in public office after a three-year investigation across the country called Operation Reproof.

It strained the budget of Devon and Cornwall police, forcing them to agree to limit the range of defendants and to focus research on their own West Country area. But, a police spokesman told the Guardian this week, as far as those six were concerned: "We thought we had a strong case."

The police team were then surprised and upset when Judge Paul Darlow refused in 2005 to regard the issue as sufficiently serious to go to trial. He prevented a jury from hearing the case, saying the alleged behaviour was too trivial to justify criminal misconduct charges, and the proposed trial would be a waste of public money.

The papers in front of him identified the two ministers and an MP. Darlow specifically referred at a pre-trial hearing to the fact that "particulars in respect of the chancellor of the exchequer were sought and obtained".

But he nonetheless accepted defence claims that the illegal PNC information had been primarily passed to respectable insurance companies, finance houses and other detective agencies, in order to prevent fraud.

He asserted that an eight-week trial might cost as much as £1m in legal fees: "In my judgment it is not a proportionate use of valuable resources to prosecute these matters," he said.

As a result, all the defendants were formally acquitted, and none of the evidence was made public.

Stidwill, whose counsel maintained he had no idea the names being checked belonged to politicians, said after being cleared: "It has been a dreadful waste of taxpayers' money. We've been to court 13 or 14 times over that period and treated like criminals. It's had a terrible effect on us all."

The PNC checks

PNC checks were made by detective constable Diss on three Labour politicians, according to police interview transcripts obtained by the Guardian. All were in late 2000.

• The first, on 13 September 2000, was on Martin Salter, the Labour MP for Reading West.

Salter had displeased Rebekah Brooks, then News of the World editor. He refused her request to support her notorious campaign for Sarah's Law to "protect us from pervs". Shortly afterwards, on 24 September 2000, NoW readers were urged to pillory him personally in a "naming and shaming" stunt.

Salter says: "She responded with some foul personal attacks so typical of the bullying style of the former NoW. I remember canvassing that Sunday morning and it was particularly unpleasant."
False rumours had been circulated earlier in the year by opponents in his constituency that he had convictions for cannabis and GBH. He had also made no secret of the fact that he had smoked cannabis in the past and believed in its decriminalisation.

• A few days later, on 18 September, DC Diss was asked to do another check, this time on Nick Brown, the agriculture minister and Labour MP for Newcastle East who had previously been "outed" as gay by the News of the World. Nick Brown had just been tipped as Gordon Brown's campaign manager in a rumoured leadership bid attempt to unseat Tony Blair.

• The third occasion came two months later, on 16 November, when a check was requested on "James Gordon Brown". The Murdoch papers were at that point taking Blair's side in his continuing feud with Gordon Brown.

All the requests came from Glen Lawson at Abbey Investigations in Newcastle upon Tyne, who paid £20 or £40 a time, according to the seized invoices. Each time, the answer "no trace" was faxed over to him.

Lawson refuses to identify his customer, but the court was told it was believed to be a newspaper.

BROWN to BLAIR 'I will bring you down with sleaze'

#hackgate #MET #Corruption - Receiving Bribes !

Scotland Yard is investigating claims that its officers took bribes in return for leaking sensitive information from an ongoing criminal investigation.

Anti-corruption detectives have launched a probe into allegations that serving Met officers were paid by private investigators working for an international politician.

Documents sent to the Met and seen by the Evening Standard suggest the high-profile figure hired investigators to obtain information on a police investigation into his business affairs.

The papers allege the London-based private detective agency then paid Met officers £20,000 for inside information that helped his defence lawyers.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We received a complaint alleging that illegal payments had been made to police officers for information (unconnected to phone hacking or the media).

The Directorate of Professional Standards referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and they have agreed to supervise a DPS investigation into the allegations."

The Met is already investigating officers for receiving illegal payments from the Murdoch media empire for private information on the royal family.

Scotland Yard has been criticised for its closeness to News International and for failing to properly investigate phone-hacking at the News of the World. The scandal claimed the scalps of two senior Met officers, including Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson.

Tom Watson, the Labour MP who helped to expose the phone-hacking, said: "This is a very serious development and goes to the heart of the inappropriate relationships between the Met and [private investigators] that have emerged in recent months."

The inquiry was launched after leaked invoices, seen by this newspaper, showed private investigators billed the politician for information from police. One £5,000 payment was allegedly made to a source for information "on forthcoming strategy to be deployed by police".

The Standard understands this was a named Met police detective. Another invoice shows the agency billed the politician £700 for a four-hour meeting about "eliciting feedback... during earlier police interviews".

The politician allegedly hired a well-known City law firm to defend him from the police inquiries. In turn, it hired the private detective agency.

"The Company dealt with telephone/email interception, mobile interception, localised bugging/debugging, any type of record tracing, bank account details, security protection, and more importantly provided intelligence and information on the progress of police...activity," a whistleblower claims.

The Evening Standard has been told the names of the alleged corrupt police officers, the international politician and the private detective agency but cannot name them for legal reasons.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

#Hackgate #DATONG - #Corrupt #MET Use Mobile Surveillance Technology

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A woman on her mobile next to a police cordon during protests in London in 2010. The Metropolitan police have purchased technology to track all handsets in a targeted area. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images
Britain's largest police force is operating covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area.

The surveillance system has been procured by the Metropolitan police from Leeds-based company Datong plc, which counts the US Secret Service, the Ministry of Defence and regimes in the Middle East among its customers. Strictly classified under government protocol as "Listed X", it can emit a signal over an area of up to an estimated 10 sq km, forcing hundreds of mobile phones per minute to release their unique IMSI and IMEI identity codes, which can be used to track a person's movements in real time.

The disclosure has caused concern among lawyers and privacy groups that large numbers of innocent people could be unwittingly implicated in covert intelligence gathering. The Met has refused to confirm whether the system is used in public order situations, such as during large protests or demonstrations.

Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, warned the technology could give police the ability to conduct "blanket and indiscriminate" monitoring: "It raises a number of serious civil liberties concerns and clarification is urgently needed on when and where this technology has been deployed, and what data has been gathered," he said. "Such invasive surveillance must be tightly regulated, authorised at the highest level and only used in the most serious of investigations. It should be absolutely clear that only data directly relating to targets of investigations is monitored or stored," he said.

Datong's website says its products are designed to provide law enforcement, military, security agencies and special forces with the means to "gather early intelligence in order to identify and anticipate threat and illegal activity before it can be deployed".

The company's systems, showcased at the DSEi arms fair in east London earlier this month, allow authorities to intercept SMS messages and phone calls by secretly duping mobile phones within range into operating on a false network, where they can be subjected to "intelligent denial of service". This function is designed to cut off a phone used as a trigger for an explosive device.

A transceiver around the size of a suitcase can be placed in a vehicle or at another static location and operated remotely by officers wirelessly. Datong also offers clandestine portable transceivers with "covered antennae options available". Datong sells its products to nearly 40 countries around the world, including in Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In 2009 it was refused an export licence to ship technology worth £0.8m to an unnamed Asia Pacific country, after the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills judged it could be used to commit human rights abuses.

A document seen by the Guardian shows the Metropolitan police paid £143,455 to Datong for "ICT hardware" in 2008/09. In 2010 the 37-year-old company, which has been publicly listed since October 2005, reported its pro forma revenue in the UK was £3.9m, and noted that "a good position is being established with new law enforcement customer groups". In February 2011 it was paid £8,373 by Hertfordshire Constabulary according to a transaction report released under freedom of information.

Between 2004 and 2009 Datong won over $1.6 (£1.03m) in contracts with US government agencies, including the Secret Service, Special Operations Command and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In February 2010 the company won a £750,000 order to supply tracking and location technology to the US defence sector. Official records also show Datong entered into contracts worth more than £500,000 with the Ministry of Defence in 2009.
All covert surveillance is currently regulated under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa), which states that to intercept communications a warrant must be personally authorised by the home secretary and be both necessary and proportionate. The terms of Ripa allow phone calls and SMS messages to be intercepted in the interests of national security, to prevent and detect serious crime, or to safeguard the UK's economic wellbeing.

Latest figures produced by the government-appointed interception of communications commissioner, Sir Paul Kennedy, show there were 1,682 interception warrants approved by the home secretary in 2010. Public authorities can request other communications data – such as the date, time and location a phone call was made – without the authority of the home secretary. In 2010, 552,550 such requests were made, averaging around 1,500 per day.
Barrister Jonathan Lennon, who specialises in cases involving covert intelligence and Ripa, said the Met's use of the Datong surveillance system raised significant legislative questions about proportionality and intrusion into privacy.

"How can a device which invades any number of people's privacy be proportionate?" he said. "There needs to be clarification on whether interception of multiple people's communications – when you can't even necessarily identify who the people are – is complaint with the act. It may be another case of the technology racing ahead of the legislation. Because if this technology now allows multiple tracking and intercept to take place at the same time, I would have thought that was not what parliament had in mind when it drafted Ripa."

Former detective superintendent Bob Helm, who had the authority to sign off Ripa requests for covert surveillance during 31 years of service with Lancashire Constabulary, said: "It's all very well placed in terms of legislation … when you can and can't do it. It's got to be legal and obviously proportionate and justified. If you can't do that, and the collateral implications far outweigh the evidence you're going to get, well then you just don't contemplate it."

In May the Guardian revealed the Met had purchased software used to map suspects' digital movements using data gathered from social networking sites, satnav equipment, mobile phones, financial transactions and IP network logs. The force said the software was being tested using "dummy data" to explore how it could be used to examine "police vehicle movements, crime patterns and telephone investigations."

The Met would not comment on its use of Datong technology or give details of where or when it had been used.

A spokesman said: "The MPS [Metropolitan police service] may employ surveillance technology as part of our continuing efforts to ensure the safety of Londoners and detect criminality. It can be a vital and highly effective investigative tool.

"Although we do not discuss specific technology or tactics, we can re-assure those who live and work in London that any activity we undertake is in compliance with legislation and codes of practice."

A spokesman for the Home Office said covert surveillance was kept under "constant review" by the chief surveillance commissioner, Sir Christopher Rose, who monitors the conduct of authorities and ensures they are complying with the appropriate legislation.

He added: "Law enforcement agencies are required to act in accordance with the law and with the appropriate levels of authorisation for their activity."

Datong declined to comment.

#Hackgate : #JimmySavile 'Ripe' For A Murdoch Phone Hacking Victim !

Leeds-based firm Fox Hayes has commenced legal action against The Sun newspaper on behalf of TV personality Jimmy Savile.

Savile, the star of children’s television favourite Jim’ll Fix It, decided to start proceedings against the Rupert Murdoch paper after a series of articles linked the former Radio One DJ with Jersey children’s home Haut de la Garenne.

The police are currently investigating the care home after human remains were found at the residence where children were allegedly tortured and sexually abused.

On 1 March, Savile’s solicitors said, The Sun carried a photograph of the former Top of the Pops presenter allegedly visiting the Jersey home.

This was followed with a series of articles. One asserted that Savile was unwilling to assist with the police investigation and another that he admitted having visited the home. The Sun also criticised Savile for being unprepared to “go some way to fixing it for the victims”.

Last week (14 March), Savile said the entire coverage linking him with the events at the children’s home was repugnant.

“I feel as though I have been subjected to a long and drawn out mugging by The Sun newspaper. The only difference is that its journalists do not wear hoodies,” said Savile.
Fox Hayes, which has instructed barrister Jonathan Crystal of Cloisters, added that Savile has no connection to the events that have taken place at the Jersey children’s home and has no information that might assist the authorities.

A spokesman for the firm said: “He has no recollection of visiting the home over 30 years ago and any such visit would have been unexceptional. Connecting Sir James to events at the home has caused him severe embarrassment and upset.

“The reported events are the antithesis of everything Sir James has worked tirelessly to prevent.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

#Hackgate : Conrad Black - The REAL Rupert Murdoch

#Hackgate : The #HUB - Mother Of All Phone Hacking !

Met Police find key hacking phone
The Metropolitan Police has found a mobile phone which was used in over 1,000 phone hacking cases, according to the Independent. The phone, nicknamed "the hub", was located in News International's east London headquarters.

Monday, October 24, 2011

#Murdoch #Scum #SUN #Gaddafi

I will not be sorry to one day hear the death of Rupert Murdoch, one of the most evil men to have walked the planet !

#Hackgate : Shareholders May Have Voted Against Murdoch

#Hackgate #NewsCorps - Tom Watson Shares New Details In News Corp Scandal

#HackGate #LesHinton Faces MP's AND Cannot Remember .....

Les Hinton gives evidence to MPs
Phone hacking: Les Hinton is facing a second questioning by MPs. Photograph: PA
2.12pm: Les Hinton has completed his third appearance before the Commons committee investigating phone hacking at the News of the World. Dan Sabbagh has the analysis below, but here is the roundup:

• Les Hinton said he saw "no reason" why James Murdoch should resign over the scandal.

• Hinton said that he hasn't talked to the Metropolitan police about the phone hacking scandal and that he has not been questioned by Viet Dinh, the News Corp man in charge of the internal phone hacking inquiry.

• He said he was never aware of any payments to police or other private detectives working for News International.

• He said he became aware of the "For Neville" email after the Gordon Taylor settlement was revealed by the Guardian in July 2009.

• Hinton said he was "not personally involved" in the internal investigations into phone hacking at News International when he was executive more

Sunday, October 23, 2011

#Hackgate : #Murdoch Urged To Sell Off Newspapers By Top News Corp. Shareholders!


"I'd like for them to sell all the newspaper businesses," Kevin Holt, a senior fund manager at Invesco, told The Sunday Telegraph. "It's a digital world now and the competitive advantage that newspapers had has been competed away."
The call from Invesco comes as News Corp defeated an attempt on Friday by investors to oust Rupert Murdoch, his sons, James and Lachlan, and several other directors from the board of a company whose papers include The Sun in Britain and The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post in America.
While the rebellion at News Corp's meeting in Los Angeles was thwarted, the scale of the protest at a company dominated by the Murdoch family will not become clear until the voting figures are revealed later this week.
Invesco, which owns about 14m of the key B News Corp shares that carry voting rights, declined to say how it cast its votes on the re-election of a board heavily criticised for its response to the phone-hacking scandal that erupted over the summer.
"Was I disappointed with the UK situation? Yes, for sure," Mr Holt said. "But we don't own the stock because of the UK newspaper print business. We own it despite the UK newspapers." more

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

#Hackgate #Foxgate #Werrity : Implications !

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Please Read (then think about the implications) MI6 spoke to Adam Werritty after trips: The Guardian

MI6 spoke to Adam Werritty after trips
Secret intelligence service was keen to find out what information 'adviser' was privy to after trips to Middle East

Adam Werritty
MI6 was keen to debfried Werritty after meetings with Israelis and Iranians
MI6 called in Adam Werritty, Liam Fox's close friend and self-styled adviser, after his visits to Israel and meetings with Iranians.

Britain's secret intelligence service debriefed Werritty, in effect a freelance operator, as it was keen to know what information he could pass on.

Officials have said that the former defence secretary's friend did not see any British government classified information or documents.

What MI6 was interested in was any privileged information from foreign countries Werritty had access to.

The Foreign Office was concerned about what officials have described as Fox and Werritty's attempts to conduct an alternative foreign policy.

The FO traditionally has been uneasy about MI6's role, an attitude which Werritty's meetings with the intelligence agency is only likely to have exacerbated.

An Iranian activist sympathetic to the opposition who lives in exile in London has told the Guardian he met Werritty. "We met each other five times in total. He wanted to meet me for coffee and discuss Iran and the regime in Tehran. He introduced himself as a close friend of Liam Fox but did not say he was an adviser."

The Iranian activist said: "Werritty was silent most of the times and was more listening than speaking about Iran.

"I had an impression that Werrity was working on writing a report about Iran, it was difficult to judge his knowledge of Iran. He used to ask many questions about the access of people inside Iran to satellite channels and their problems with jammed signals."

Satellite channels, including Farsi-language service of the BBC is blocked inside Iran but many watch it through illegal rooftop dishes. Iran occasionally disrupts its programmes by jamming satellite signals

.Another Iranian based in the US met met Werritty in March 2009 in New York. "The person who introduced me to Werritty said he was working on a report about Iran. He was introduced to me as an influential person with good access to British authorities, therefore I was asked to share my views with him about Iran" and tell him what I think about the current situation,"she said.

In May 2009, Werritty arranged a meeting in Portcullis House, a parliamentary building next to the Commons, between Fox and an Iranian lobbyist with close links to President Ahmadinejad's regime.

In February Werritty arranged a dinner with Fox, Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, and seniorpolitical figures – believed to include Israeli intelligence officers – during an Israeli security conference in Herzliya, where sanctions against Iran were discussed.

Monday, October 17, 2011

#hackgate #NOTW #Pakistan Spot Fixing Allegations.

Agent at centre of Pakistan spot fixing allegations was more than £700,000 overdrawn when he allegedly took NOTW money to rig Lords test !

#Hackgate #NewsCorp investor to vote against Murdoch re-election

#Hackgate : #PI Used Conman To Snoop For Wealthy Clients !

A private investigator commissioned a conman to use the "dark arts" to extract illegal data – including bank transactions, mobile-phone records and information from Interpol – on behalf of a roll call of wealthy clients, a court heard yesterday.

Graham Freeman, 51, jointly ran a Northamptonshire-based investigation agency that employed Daniel Summers, a so-called "blagger" who was adept at tricking banks, phone companies and public bodies into releasing private information for onward sale at up to £1,000 a time. A jury at Kingston Crown Court in south-west London heard that Summers and Philip Campbell-Smith, Mr Freeman's business partner, have already pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud by obtaining illegal information to be sold to customers.

Mr Freeman has denied the same charge, saying he knew nothing of the methods employed by Summers.

The three men were arrested in 2009 after an investigation into Summers by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) that involved an undercover officer buying the conman's second-hand computers after they were advertised for sale in a local newspaper.

Forensic experts then recovered from the machines a large number of emails between the men which Summers had attempted to delete. Tim Probert-Wood, the prosecutor, said: "There is no doubt that there was a conspiracy between Daniel Summers and Philip Campbell-Smith to blag and unlawfully obtain private and personal information by deceit. The one issue is, was Graham Freeman part of that conspiracy or was he in the dark?"

The court heard that Mr Freeman was copied into emails between Campbell-Smith and Summers detailing the type of information he had been commissioned to obtain. In one case, a Mayfair-based businessman asked an investigation agency to find out the origin of a £40,000 payment made to the bank account of a family member. The case continues.

Friday, October 14, 2011

#Phonehacking :Police commit 200 officers as scale of hacking inquiries grows - Crime, UK - The Independent

#Hackgate #Dowler #Media #Piracy !

Snipped - the deletion of a message to Milly Dowler.

The Elimination of the messages also caused difficulties for the police to confuse the image when they had few leads to pursue. Also potentially useful evidence had been destroyed.

According to a high source familiar with the investigation of the Surrey Police: “can happen with murders of abduction which the author is going to leave messages, asking for the missing person to get in touch, as part of its efforts at concealment”. We need these messages as evidence. “It destroys the evidence is seriously to interfere with the course of an investigation by the police.”

The document did little to hide the piracy of their readers. On 14 April 2002 allegedly published an article about a woman pretending to be Dowler Milly, who had applied for a job with a recruitment agency: “the forger is believed even gave the actual number of Milly Agency…” Uses of the number Agency to communicate with Milly arose a job vacancy and left a message on the voicemail… was on March 27seis days more afternoon was lack of Milly “Employment agency seems to have phoned to your mobile phone.”

The newspaper also made no effort to hide their activity from the Surrey Police. Once had hacked the phone Milly recruitment agency message, the document reported to police.

It was detectives in Surrey, which established that the call was not destin
ADA Milly Dowler. At the time, the Surrey Police suspicion that phones belonging to detectivesand Milly parents were also attacked.
One of which he was involved in the original investigation, it said: “organize phone calls”. “We do not trust our mobile” more

#Hackgate #NewsCorp:Largest pension fund in USA to vote against the re-election of the Murdoch to the News Corp board:

Rupert and James Murdoch
The nation's largest public pension fund said it would vote against the reelection of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, to News Corp.'s board of directors.

The California Public Employees Retirement System, or CalPERS, said in a statement Friday that the media giant's shareholders would benefit from greater board independence because of the dual class voting structure of the company. Murdoch controls about 40% of News Corp.’s voting shares.

The CalPERS announcement comes as an influential advisory firm, Institutional Shareholder Services,  this week advised voting against the reelection of 13 of the company's 15 directors, saying the British phone hacking scandal, and subsequent closing of the News of the World tabloid, reflects a failure of board “stewardship.”

Hermes Equity Ownership Services, another advisory service affiliated with Britain's largest pension fund, joined in calling on investors Friday to vote against the reelection of any Murdoch family member to the board at next week's annual shareholders' meeting.

CalPERS said it would withhold voting its nearly 1.5 million shares for the reelection of James and Lachlan Murdoch, Arthur Siskind, News Corp.’s former general counsel, and Andrew Knight, the former executive chairman of News International, the company's British publishing arm. It also declined to support Rupert Murdoch, who serves the dual roles of chairman and chief executive, calling instead for an independent chairman to oversee the company.

“Calpers expects the Board to continue its efforts to rejuvenate the News Corporation Board with new independent directors,” the pension fund said in a statement.

News Corp. earlier this week issued a statement saying the board has taken “decisive action” to hold people accountable and take measures to “prevent something like this from ever occurring again.”

#Hackgate #Profile - Milly #Dowler Murder Case...CAROL EVERETT, 'INTUITIVE' POLICE INVESTIGATIONS

Ironic when you look back how Carol Everett picked up on Milly's mobile phone that was being hacked !

Is there a mobile phone missing connected to Milly,?

#Hackgate.#Dowler - Dr. Spin Clarence Mitchell led coverage of the murder of the Surrey schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002.

Clarence Mitchell needs to be seriously investigated . Mitchell , for the last four years has planted fabricated stories on behalf of the McCanns in the British media tabloids. Stories of hoax sightings , the latest proven and confirmed by the Dehli Police..The Indian Sighting never happened !.How deeply involved in phone hacking is/was Clarence Mitchell ,it is time someone looked deeply into the background of Dr. Spin! AND his part if any , in the phone hacking of Milly Dowler.

Hackgate DAY 120: Clarence Mitchell and Andy Coulson what was going on ?


#Hacking : #EXCLUSIVE - #Police Dialed #NOTW

Senior Surrey Police detectives investigating the disappearance of Milly Dowler held two meetings with journalists from the News of the World and were shown evidence that the newspaper held information taken from the voicemails of the murdered schoolgirl.

An investigation by The Independent which focuses on this crucial period of the phone-hacking scandal reveals that the force subsequently failed to investigate or take action against the News International title.

One of the officers who attended the meetings was Craig Denholm, currently Deputy Chief Constable of Surrey. He was the Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Operation Ruby, the code name for the investigation launched following the disappearance of the teenager on 21 March 2002.

The Independent has confirmed the identity of the officer, who is still a member of the Surrey force. But his name is being withheld following a claim from his lawyers that revealing his identity could prove "catastrophic" for him and his family because of public anger at the hacking of the schoolgirl's phone.

The extent of the Sunday paper's meddling in the Dowler inquiry raises new questions about how far up the executive ladder at News International knowledge of phone hacking had spread at this early stage, and why Surrey Police decided not to follow up evidence that the NOTW had illegally obtained information relevant to one of the most high-profile inquiries in its history.

The failure to pursue the Sunday tabloid meant that phone hacking by its journalists continued for another four years until Scotland Yard arrested the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and the NOTW royal editor Clive Goodman in August 2006. Both were later jailed. Mark Lewis, the Dowler family's lawyer, said: "Questions have to be asked as to whether Surrey Police were more concerned with selling papers than solving crimes. What was it with them that, when the public dialled 999, the police dialled NOTW?"

The Independent has established that, in April 2002 as police followed multiple leads, the NOTW approached the Surrey force and arranged two meetings during which it was made clear that the paper had obtained information that could only have come from messages on Milly's phone.

The meetings, which took place at a Surrey police station, were attended by at least two journalists from the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper and two of the force's most senior detectives, Mr Denholm and Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Gibson, who had day-to-day control of the inquiry. A third Surrey officer also attended.

Mr Denholm declined to comment on the meetings when approached by The Independent. Mr Gibson, who has retired from the police, could not be reached for comment despite repeated requests made to Surrey Police.

One former Surrey officer said: "The meetings were clearly significant. It was obvious that the newspaper had got hold of details from Milly's phone messages."

The Independent has been told that the minutes of at least one of the meetings feature among up to 300 items of unused evidence submitted for the prosecution of Levi Bellfield, the former bouncer who was convicted this summer of Milly's murder.

The revelation that the NOTW had accessed and then allegedly deleted some of the schoolgirl's voicemails, providing false hope for her family and friends that she was still alive, proved a tipping point in the hacking scandal, forcing the closure of the Sunday tabloid. It emerged last month that NI is near to finalising a £3m settlement with the Dowler family, including a £1m payment to charity made personally by Mr Murdoch.

The contacts between the NOTW and Surrey Police in the early weeks of Operation Ruby are alleged to have begun after the officer under investigation by the IPCC revealed to an individual outside of the inquiry details that were being pursued by the Operation Ruby team. The IPCC is looking at whether the officer gave away confidential material and, if so, whether he received payment for it.

Surrey Police has acknowledged that a detective was removed from the investigation and given "words of advice" – the lowest form of admonition – before being transferred to duties at another police station.

The Independent has established that, prior to the disciplinary action, executives at the NOTW requested the first of two meetings with the officers leading the Dowler inquiry. Mr Gibson – who later left the investigation – and Mr Denholm met the paper's journalists on two occasions within a number of days.

It became clear that the paper had obtained Milly's phone number and accessed her voicemails when the journalists revealed they knew about an apparent offer of a job interview to Milly made on 27 March 2002 at a Midlands factory. Subsequent inquiries by detectives established that the message had been mistakenly left on the schoolgirl's phone.

Despite this knowledge, Mr Denholm and his force appear to have taken a decision not to investigate the evidence of phone hacking.

The Independent has not been told the identity of the journalists who attended the meetings. However, one of them is understood to be a senior newsroom executive. Surrey Police's lack of action may be due to officers on Operation Ruby wanting to avoid being distracted from the task of locating Milly.

Just how the NOTW obtained Milly's phone number remains unclear.

The Independent has been told that the schoolgirl was using an unregistered SIM card, meaning her details could not have been "blagged" from her mobile-phone provider by Mulcaire.

There is also no suggestion that the information could have been provided by her family, leaving only friends and the police as potential sources.

 In a statement, Surrey Police said it was prevented from discussing allegations surrounding the Dowler inquiry because of the ongoing IPCC investigation and Scotland Yard's investigation into phone hacking.

It added: "In 2002, Surrey Police's priority was to find Milly and then find out what had happened to her and to bring her killers to justice. Clearly, there was a huge amount of professional interaction between Surrey Police and the media throughout that time."

Surrey Police said it had taken the decision to refer the conduct of the detective constable involved in the Dowler murder to the IPCC "in order to be open and transparent".

The police watchdog told The Independent its inquiry terms were limited, stating: "The terms of reference ... are specifically in relation to the actions of one detective constable and do not cover whether senior Surrey officers knew about the News of the World hacking Milly Dowler's phone in 2002.

However, if during the course of our investigation ... we uncover any evidence of wrongdoing by anybody else in the force, we would of course deal with that."

The NOTW made little effort to conceal its success in accessing Milly's voicemails from the public.

On 14 April 2002 – within a few days of the meetings with Surrey Police – the paper printed a remarkably candid story in its first edition which detailed three separate voicemails left for the missing schoolgirl between 27 March and 2 April. By this time Bellfield is likely already to have murdered her.

The paper reported a voicemail message from a woman purporting to be from a Midlands employment agency. It concerned a job interview. By the time the later editions of the paper came out the story had been radically altered, removing all direct quotations from the voicemails.

In evidence to MPs this summer, News International identified four people who, it said, had primary responsibility for reviewing articles in April 2002. This was the then editor Rebekah Brooks, the legal manager Tom Crone, the paper's news editor Neville Thurlbeck and the night editor Peter Smith.

It was revealed by The Wall Street Journal in August that Mr Thurlbeck, who has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemails, authorised a stakeout by NOTW journalists of the Epson factory referred to in the 27 March voicemail. Ms Brooks, who resigned as NI chief executive in July, has said she was on holiday when the 14 April story was published.

Crone suggested to the Commons Media Select Committee this summer that the changes to the article between editions could have been made because the details of the voicemails were supplied by Surrey Police officers who then changed their minds about the extent of the disclosures when they saw the first

The Independent understands that NI has identified the journalist who commissioned Mulcaire to target Milly's voicemails, but his or her name is being withheld for legal reasons.

 In a statement, a News International spokesperson said: "We are unable to comment on any of the detail in the case. We continue to co-operate fully with the police."

Tom Watson, the Labour MP on the Commons committee investigating phone hacking, said The Independent's investigation pointed to one unanswered question: "Who knew at News International?"

Under scrutiny: The officers who knew

Stuart Gibson

As a Detective Chief Inspector, Mr Gibson was in charge of the hunt for Milly Dowler, responsible for co-ordinating the inquiry into a number of leads and theories about her disappearance.

Craig Denholm

As Deputy Chief Constable he found himself in overall charge of one of the biggest inquiries in Surrey's history when the 13-year-old vanished.

Timeline: Dowler case

21 March 2002 Milly Dowler vanishes.

27 March A mystery caller leaves a message apparently inviting Milly to a job interview in the Midlands.

Early April The News of the World requests meetings with officers on the case, at which it becomes clear that the newspaper has information from voicemails on Milly's phone. A detective is taken off the case after claims that he disclosed confidential information to a friend ("not a journalist") outside the force.

14 April In its first edition, the NOTW details three voicemails left on Milly's phone, including the message about the job interview. In later editions the details are removed.

20 September Milly's remains are found in woodland in Hampshire.

30 March 2010 Levi Bellfield accused of Milly's murder.

4 July 2011 A fortnight after Bellfield is convicted, The Guardian reveals that Milly's voicemails were hacked by the NOTW. After an outcry the title is closed.

12 August 2011 The Independent Police Complaints Commission announces an investigation into the suspended detective's actions.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Andrew Langhoff resigns as European publishing chief after exposure of secret channels of cash to help boost sales figures
The Wall Street Journal used a controversial scheme to boost its European circulation by allowing sponsors to buy copies in bulk from as little as 1¢. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP
One of Rupert Murdoch's most senior European executives has resigned following Guardian inquiries about a circulation scam at News Corporation's flagship newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.

The Guardian found evidence that the Journal had been channelling money through European companies in order to secretly buy thousands of copies of its own paper at a knock-down rate, misleading readers and advertisers about the Journal's true circulation.

The bizarre scheme included a formal, written contract in which the Journal persuaded one company to co-operate by agreeing to publish articles that promoted its activities, a move which led some staff to accuse the paper's management of violating journalistic ethics and jeopardising its treasured reputation for editorial quality.

Internal emails and documents suggest the scam was promoted by Andrew Langhoff, the European managing director of the Journal's parent company, Dow Jones and Co, which was bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in July 2007. Langhoff resigned on Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Everyone put your ‘gullible’ mask on now

Tyneside police reveal incidents

By Chris Thornton

07 February 2006

Tyneside police said today that two break-ins at offices used by Lord Stevens do not appear to be related to his long-running investigations into Northern Ireland collusion.

While the break-ins recalled a controversial fire at Lord Steven’s Carrickfergus office in 1990, the police statement suggested there would be no effect on the senior policeman’s final report into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane.

Reports of the break-ins – which occurred within ten days of each other – emerged as the Finucane family were preparing to meet Secretary of State Peter Hain today.

Mr Finucane’s family has also arranged a ground-breaking meeting with DUP leader Ian Paisley next week, to explain the family’s opposition to the Government’s terms for holding an inquiry into the murder.

Northumbria Police said there was no indication that the break-ins over successive weekends were connected to Lord Stevens’ work in Northern Ireland or his investigation into the death of Princess Diana.

Large sections of his Northern Ireland work have been handed over to the PSNI, but some strands are said to be continuing. Also Lord Steven’s interim report on the Finucane case, submitted two years ago, has not been followed by a final report.

A police statement said two laptops and cash were stolen from the offices in Gosforth, Tyneside during the first break-in at the end of January.

Nothing was stolen during the second break-in last weekend, police said.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police, where Lord Stevens runs the Diana and Finucane investigations, said no sensitive material was stolen.

Lord Stevens office in Northern Ireland was famously burned in January 1990, the night before he was due to arrest Army spy Brian Nelson for questioning about collusion between the UDA and the security forces.

Lord Stevens has a home in Northumbria, where he was chief constable before becoming Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Detectives in Newcastle are investigating two break-ins at the Dobson House office block in Gosforth.

“The first one happened over the weekend of January 28/29 and two laptop computers and a quantity of cash were stolen. In the second break-in this weekend, nothing was stolen.

“There is nothing to suggest that this burglary is in any way linked with his work as the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police or any investigations that he has been involved in either now or in the past.