Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bernard Hogan-Howe Has Little Interest In Computer Hacking

A leading MP yesterday called for the Metropolitan Police to expand its investigation into computer hacking on behalf of newspapers following the revelation by The Independent that Gordon Brown's emails were targeted while he was Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Tom Watson, the Labour MP who has been a key campaigner on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, said the modest size of the Scotland Yard team investigating electronic eavesdropping was "bizarre" given the increasing evidence that the email accounts of senior politicians were accessed by private investigators acting for Fleet Street titles. Operation Tuleta, the Yard's investigation launched last summer into allegations of computer hacking involving the NOTW and other papers, is staffed by around eight police officers. By contrast, Operation Weeting, the parallel inquiry into phone hacking, has a staff of about 120.

Mr Watson said: "These new revelations could be more damaging to our democracy than the phone-hacking scandal. It seems bizarre that the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, would only have such a small team investigating such serious allegations that go to the heart of the political system."....read more