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Posted 14 August 2011 - 11:24 PM

Phone hacking: 61-year-old man arrested

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Man arrested by Scotland Yard reported to be former News of the World news editor Greg Miskiw

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A 61-year-old man has been arrested over alleged involvement in phone hacking at the News of the World. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

Scotland Yard arrested a 61-year-old man, believed to be the former News of the World executive Greg Miskiw. He became the 12th person to be arrested by Operation Weeting officers.

Miskiw, a former assistant editor (news), was arrested by appointment at about midday on Wednesday at a central London police station. He was at the heart of the newspaper's news operation for many years and signed the £105,000-a-year contract with Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the NoW. Mulcaire pleaded guilty to intercepting voicemail messages in 2006.

Miskiw worked under the former editor Rebekah Brooks and her successor Andy Coulson, who were both arrested and bailed last month. Both deny they knew that phone hacking was taking place.

Miskiw's name also appeared on a separate document, dated 4 February 2005, in which he offers the investigator a £7,000 bonus for information about Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, for use in a possible story.

Mulcaire subsequently pleaded guilty to intercepting voicemail messages left on Taylor's mobile, along with those left on phones belonging to three members of the royal family and four others. He was sentenced to six months in prison in January 2007. The paper's former royal editor, Clive Goodman, also received a jail term.

Miskiw ran the paper's news operation until late 2003, when he moved to Manchester to oversee its office in the north. He left the title six years ago and founded a news agency in the city before moving to Florida, where he worked until recently for the Globe, a supermarket tabloid published by the owner of the National Enquirer. Miskiw lived in an affluent coastal town called Delray Beach.

He said last month that he was preparing to return to the UK. Miskiw's former partner, , 39, who wrote stories for the NoW as a freelancer, was arrested and bailed in Leeds in June. Miskiw's arrest came 24 hours before James Murdoch is due to write to MPs on the Commons culture, media and sport committeeto answer questions about conflicting statements he and other News International executives gave to the committee about its internal inquiry.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 11:29 PM

The comments,questions and answers are worth a read and may be of interest to those whom at times get frustrated with some of the tactics some have used within and contracted to http://www.acc.co.nz

Banging against a brick wall and persisting can and does get results.


Phone hacking: Q&A with Alan Rusbridger

The Guardian's editor debates with readers from 2.30pm about issues arising from the phone-hacking scandal

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Two years on from the Guardian's first story on the extent of phone hacking, the full truth of what was going on at the News of the World is being stripped bare. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

• The Q&A is now closed. Thanks to all who took part. We've collected Alan's answers to your questions at the bottom of this article

Sometimes the forward momentum of newspaper investigations is virtually invisible to the naked eye. It's lucky that Nick Davies is an exceptionally patient reporter because there must have been times during the past two years when he felt no one wanted to hear what he was so clearly saying.

Nick's first story on the full extent of the phone-hacking scandal was published almost exactly two years ago – on 8 July 2009. It was – or should have been – explosive. It reported that a major global media company – News International – had paid out £1m secretly to settle legal cases which revealed criminality within their business.

Instead of going back to parliament or the regulator to admit that they had been misled, the company's chairman, James Murdoch, signed a large cheque to stop the truth coming out.

With any non-media company this revelation would have led to blanket coverage, calls for resignations, immediate action by the regulator etc. Instead there was a kind of ghostly silence.

The Metropolitan police – led by Assistant Commissioner John Yates – announced an inquiry. And then, within the space of a few hours, he announced the inquiry was over and there was nothing to inquire into.

News International, doubtless pleased by this clean bill of health, came out all guns blazing, denouncing the Guardian's deliberate attempts to mislead the public. Most of the press decided it wasn't much of a story. The regulator decided there was nothing wrong. And many MPs were sympathetic in private, but indicated there was little in it for them in sticking their heads above any public parapet.

And so we settled in for the long haul. Week by week, story by story, column by column, doorstep by doorstep, Nick Davies prised open the truth. There were some other heroes: a handful of lawyers and MPs and a few journalists – on the New York Times, Independent, FT, BBC and Channel 4. But it was pretty lonely work for those at the heart of it. And there were plenty of people yawning from the sidelines, claiming it was all a bit obsessive.

But investigative journalism is a bit obsessive. Sometimes it works by small, incremental, barely perceptible steps.

Scroll forward two years and the full truth of what was going on at the News of the World is dramatically being stripped bare. Some kind of mental dam has been broken. MPs, journalists, regulators and police are speaking confidently again as they should. The palpably intimidating spectre of an apparently untouchable media player has been burst.

But what now? How can we make sure that we never again have this kind of dominant force in British public life?

One positive step yesterday was the announcement that there would be at least one public inquiry into what on earth was going on within the Metropolitan police.

There are two outstanding issues that will affect the future of the media in this country. One is the threatened imminent decision to wave through the deal which would give Rupert Murdoch total control over the biggest commercial broadcaster as well as 40% of the national press.

Anyone who reads into the story of the last two years can see that's a terrible idea. But – on the narrow grounds on which Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron are fighting – it's a complex issue mixing competition law, Ofcom, plurality and politics.

And then there's the question of how the press should be regulated. There will be plenty of calls for statutory regulation in the days and weeks to come.

I don't like the idea. I resist the notion of state licensing of journalists – and I struggle to see how there is any easy definition of "journalist" in 2011. So I would like to see self-regulation continue.

But I admit this is shaky ground. When the PCC came out with its laughable report into phone hacking in November 2009 (which, to its credit, it finally retracted yesterday) I warned that this was going to be dangerous for the cause of self regulation and I quit the PCC's code committee in protest.

The PCC's weakness is that it doesn't have the powers of a regulator. So it should either abandon the claim to be a regulator – and carry on doing its valuable work of mediation and adjudication – or else it has to acquire powers of compelling witnesses, calling evidence etc. But how does it do that without becoming laboriously legalistic and horrendously expensive to run?

These are some of the issues now coming down the slipway and I look forward to discussing them.

Comments will be off on this article until 2.30pm on Thursday when Alan Rusbridger will be answering questions live online for two hours.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 02:48 PM

Press freedom fears as police question Guardian reporter
Case raises concerns about criminalising contact between journalists and off-the-record sources

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Amelia Hill was questioned under caution by police in an inquiry into alleged leaks of information from Operation Weeting. Photograph: Katherine Rose

The National Union of Journalists and a respected media watchdog have criticised the questioning of a Guardian journalist in an inquiry into alleged leaks of information from Operation Weeting, the investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World.

It emerged on Wednesday that Amelia Hill, a reporter involved in a number of the Guardian's key phone-hacking revelations over recent weeks, was questioned under caution several days ago in a case that raises concerns about attempts to criminalise contact between journalists and off-the-record sources.

Last month a 51-year-old detective constable was arrested in connection with alleged leaks from the Scotland Yard phone-hacking investigation. At the time there were reports that the officer had passed information to the Guardian, but the newspaper said it had "no comment to make on the sources of our journalism".

Michelle Stanistreet, the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said that there was "a vital journalistic principle at stake here" and that "it is outrageous that an allegation of off-the-record briefings is being treated as a criminal matter".

She added: "There is a clear distinction between legitimate off-the-record interviews and the illegitimate payment of bribes."

Martin Moore, the director of the media watchdog the Media Standards Trust, said that in the light of the phone-hacking scandal it was becoming "increasingly important to sustain and defend journalism in the public interest". He said that it was "not the time to be threatening public interest journalism" by the police moving to question reporters such as Hill.

The Guardian said in a statement: "We can confirm Amelia Hill has been questioned in connection with an investigation into alleged leaks." The newspaper argued that the case could have lasting repercussions for the way journalists deal with police officers. The statement added: "On a broader point, journalists would no doubt be concerned if the police sought to criminalise conversations between off-record sources and reporters."

Although the paper said it would not comment on any specific confidential source, a spokesman said Hill had never paid a police officer for information.

The police investigation into leaks from Operation Weeting has been going on for several weeks.

Meanwhile, Raoul Simons, 35, the deputy football editor of the Times, became the 16th person to be arrested as part of the phone hacking enquiry.

Simons, who had joined the Times from the Evening Standard in August 2009, is understood to have been arrested at 5.55am on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications. He was released on police bail until a date in October.

He was not arrested by prior appointment. He was taken to a north London police station and questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages, contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Hill's police interview comes amid growing pressure to clamp down on contacts between officers and journalists following the News of the World phone hacking scandal, which has spread out into wider allegations of police corruption.

Emails from News International allegedly imply that journalists on the now closed Sunday tabloid bought copies of Buckingham Palace's private phone directory from a royal protection officer.

Following those revelations, an inquiry by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary is examining "alleged corruption and abuse of power" in police relationships with the media, and Elizabeth Filkin, the former parliamentary commissioner for standards, heads a group drawing up a framework for how police officers handle their relationships with reporters. Both inquiries are considering whether communication between police officers should be officially monitored and recorded by a press officer.

The questioning of Hill has similarities to a case police mounted against Sally Murrer, a reporter on the Milton Keynes Citizen, and a former Thames Valley police detective, Mark Kearney, which was thrown out. Kearney had been accused of leaking information to Murrer. The collapse of the case was widely seen as a victory for journalistic freedom.

It was reported meanwhile that Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World and the prime minister's former personal communications director, is refusing to appear before a Commons select committee that is investigating phone-hacking.

His solicitors have written to the culture, media and sport committee declining an invitation to appear, citing "concerns" about "parallel inquiries and investigations and the publicity generated by them".

He has consistently denied knowing that phone hacking took place but last month a previously unseen letter from Goodman emerged that claimed phone hacking was "widely discussed" at editorial conferences until Coulson banned mentions of it. Goodman's letter also claimed that Coulson had offered to let him keep his job if he agreed not to implicate the paper in hacking when it came to court.

Coulson resigned from the News International paper in 2007 after its former royal editor Clive Goodman was jailed on phone-hacking offences.

It also emerged yesterday that MPs on another committee have been told that News International asked a technology firm, HCL, to delete emails and other documents 13 times since 2009.

Technology company HCL, which provides services under contract to News International
, informed the Commons home affairs committee in August that it was aware of the deletion of hundreds of thousands of emails on nine occasions between April 2010 and July 2011, but said it did not know of anything "untoward" behind the requests. Yesterday, HCL's solicitor, Stuart Benson, contacted the committee again to say that a further four requests had come to light - one of which related to the deletion of emails from an inbox of a user who had not accessed his account for eight years.

What skeletons are lurking in the inboxes and outboxes of former and current http://www.acc.co.nz staff and it's associated agents that could disclose a thing or two?
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Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:30 PM

Very well said Hugh Grant, the same needs to be rectified in New Zealand. We need to legislate against invasions of privacy by Private Investigators who are able to get away with Invading the privacy and lives of injured people.


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The actor said he would be attending all three major party conferences to drum up support from MPs to legislate against invasions of privacy by the press.

"I'm nervous about momentum being lost because ultimately, this scandal at the centre of our democracy can only ultimately be put right by politicians and so it seems to me to be right to be at all three party conferences to try and identity those politicians who really are going to be on our side,” he said.

Grant then launched into a tortuous metaphor to explain why he felt that stronger legislation would not impinge on freedom of the press: “I'm keen for them to stop saying: 'I don't know if we legislate in any way or regulate the press we're going to damage the good press, we can't throw out the baby with the bath-water'.

"Well to me and most sane people it's very easy to distinguish baby and bath-water. It's not hard. I think it's very easy, you take the baby out of the bath and in fact I would argue the baby is quite big enough to get out of the bath itself and it's high time that good journalists, broadsheet journalists get out of the ------- bath. Stop pretending they're brothers to these people and run the bath out, run it out into the North Sea because I don't think that water belongs on these islands."

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:43 AM

News Corp faces new legal claims

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New allegations about the phone-hacking scandal have hit News International, the British subsidiary of News Corp, with claims of more victims and fresh legal rows.

It has been revealed that former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is suing News Group Newspapers, the publishing arm of the media giant. Papers were served at the London High Court on Thursday 'regarding the termination of the payment for his legal action'.

A spokesman for law firm DLA Piper, which represents Coulson, said: 'We can confirm that proceedings have been issued.'

News International declined to comment. It had been reported earlier this month that News International was paying DLA Piper for their legal advice to Coulson following his arrest.

Coulson resigned from his position as Prime Minister David Cameron's spin chief in January and was later arrested on suspicion of corruption and phone hacking. He is on police bail.

It also emerged on Friday night that the family of Jade Goody fear the late celebrity could have had her phone hacked and are reportedly set to contact Scotland Yard. The police force said it would not comment on individual cases.

Publicist Max Clifford told The Guardian that Ms Goody's mother, Jackiey Budden, also believes she was targeted.

He said: 'She will be going to the police. She believes her phone was hacked by the News of the World, and Jade's. Jade told me, 'I'm convinced my phone is being hacked'.'

News International also declined to comment on the allegations.

In addition, it has been alleged on Friday night that Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of News of the World was paid more than STG25,000 ($A39525.69) by News International while working at Scotland Yard as a police consultant.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said that Wallis's contract with the police force included confidentiality, data protection and conflict of interest clauses, all of which would have prohibited him from selling on any information while employed by them.

He added: 'Neil Wallis was not provided access to the Metropolitan Police Service's IT systems.'

Phil Smith of Tuckers Solicitors, who represent Wallis told the Daily Telegraph they had complained formally to the Met about leaking information about the case.

The Scotland Yard spokesman added: 'On Friday, the Met received a letter of complaint from solicitors acting for Neil Wallis. This is being considered.'


Earlier on Friday, it was disclosed that action was also set to be launched against News Corporation by American lawyers over phone hacking at News of the World.

Proceedings will be lodged in New York next week in a bid to seek statements from the media giant, according to Mark Lewis, the lawyer for the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Mr Lewis, who negotiated a multimillion-pound payout for the Dowler family from News International over hacking claims, said its parent company could also be held responsible for activities at the paper.

'Potentially it has very serious ramifications for News Corporation because the American damages for civil claims are far higher than anything in an English court,' Lewis said.

Lewis, of Taylor Hampton, is understood to have instructed Norman Siegel, a New York-based lawyer who represents about 20 families of 9/11 victims.

'The action will be looking at News Corp's liability for action as far as its subsidiaries,' Mr Lewis added. 'It will raise issues of corporate governance.'

The announcement comes days after News International confirmed it was in advanced settlement talks with the parents of Milly over police claims that the 13-year-old's mobile phone was hacked after she went missing.

A total package of around STG3 million is being finalised, including a STG1 million donation from Rupert Murdoch to charity.

So far 16 people have been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking at the axed tabloid.

http://bigpondnews.c...ims_665489.html


Oh Dear, some sure need to be brought to accountablity.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:19 PM

Some of the comments in this article we can all relate to - Leaving reports on the shelf.

Good on Lord Justice Leveson.

Need some like him over there in New Zealand.


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The Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service today urged the judge in charge of the inquiry into phone hacking to make sure it does not affect the criminal investigation running alongside it.

In submissions to Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into media ethics and hacking, they said: "It is inevitable that this inquiry will touch on areas which may have a close connection with the criminal investigation and thus an impact on any subsequent trial, were one to take place."


They added: "We are understandably anxious that nothing should be said or done which might jeopardise either the investigation or trial."


The judge decided today that the inquiry will start on November 14. Its first part will look at the culture, ethics and practices of the press and its relationship with the police and politicians.






The judge, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ruled that there should be a preliminary hearing on Monday to discuss how the "interface" between the inquiry and the police investigation should be handled.


The Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service said in their submissions that the investigations into phone hacking have not been completed, and there are a number of suspects in relation to whom charging decisions have not yet been made.


They said they know the inquiry shares their anxieties "and are grateful for the public reassurance that has been given that it is not Lord Justice Leveson's intention that Part 1 should affect potential criminal proceedings, save in the most tangential sense."


However in discussions with those conducting the inquiry, "it became plain that there might be implications for the criminal proceedings which might not initially be apparent".


As a general proposition, they urged the inquiry not to rehearse any evidence in part one that was likely to prove central to any criminal proceedings.


"This includes, but is not limited to, any investigation as to which individuals were aware of possible criminal activity, and where they sit (or sat) within the hierarchy of any named newspaper. It is our view that these questions may be critical to any prosecution, and would involve the inquiry engaging in a determination which would properly be within the province of a jury."


They asked the inquiry not to make public any significant document which has not already been widely reported, and not to take evidence during part one from anyone who is a suspect in the criminal investigation.


They said they were happy to provide such assistance as they could to the inquiry and it might be possible to agree a schedule of uncontroversial facts, time lines and the use of some documents (where such use would not undermine the criminal investigation or prosecution).








The judge told counsel today: "The problem that I have got is balancing the absolute requirement that anybody who is ultimately charged should be able to receive a fair trial, against a competing dynamic that I have to resolve the issues that I have to resolve, probably well before any trial would ever take place."

He stressed that his concern was about culture and ethics, and asked counsel whether "the picture at the News of the World can't be painted in a way that doesn't require over-descent into detail".


He added, referring to the police and CPS: "I don't want to interfere with their investigation and any possible prosecution, and I certainly don't want to prejudice it."


Monday's hearing to discuss this issue will also consider requests by a number of people to give evidence anonymously.


The judge also said he had received invitations to visit newspapers, and was prepared "on a low-key basis, to accede to them".


He added: "I would arrange a visit, low key, with one man on the team, and I don't want presentations, I'm happy to see how it works."


He also wanted to visit at least one regional newspaper, he said.


Counsel raised no objection to the plan.


He told the lawyers: "My job is to see what's going on in the business, and whether the controls in place, such as the PCC (Press Complaints Commission) are sufficient."


And he said: "The whole problem is an industry-wide problem, which has to be solved in a way that works not only for the industry, or profession, whatever you want to call it, but which works for everybody else.


"I don't want to produce a document that people say 'That's unrealistic', and leave it on a shelf to gather dust.


"Over the last 50 years, rather more have been put on the shelf than activated.



"My ultimate aim is to produce a system, whatever it be, that works and has the support of everybody."


Prime Minister David Cameron
announced the inquiry in July, following revelations about phone hacking by the News of the World newspaper.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:50 PM

Doesn't this makes one curious to know how many emails and the content they contain that have passed between http://www.acc.co.nz & Private Investigators in New Zealand?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15679784

Police have 300 million News International emails

Bernard Hogan-Howe Mr Hogan-Howe said investigations would go on while there were "lines of inquiry"

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Scotland Yard is wading through 300 million News International emails as part of its investigation into phone-hacking at the News of the World.

The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe
, revealed the figure to journalists when asked about the scope of the inquiry.

He said 600 phone-hacking victims had been interviewed by police out of a total of 5,700 potential victims.

Mr Hogan-Howe said the inquiry had so far cost £3m in salaries alone.

"There's a balance between doing it properly and doing it quickly. The criticism in the past was that we didn't do it thoroughly and that is what we are going to do this time," he said.

His comments came as News International's chief executive James Murdoch rejected an accusation in a Commons select committee by Labour MP Tom Watson that the company had behaved like the mafia over the hacking scandal and operated a code of silence.

He said Scotland Yard had also spoken to a further 1,200 people who thought their phones had been hacked but had since been reassured that it was not the case.

"Some were people in public life who had things happened to them they couldn't explain and they thought 'maybe I was phone-hacked' and they contacted us," he said.

'No deadlines'

He said that to speed up the task of talking to victims, police were now asking them to come to Scotland Yard rather than travelling to them.

The commissioner said he could not say how long the inquiry would take or cost and he would not give Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers' team any ultimatums.

Around 100 detectives are working on the three inquiries:

Operation Weeting - into the phone-hacking itself
Operation Elveden - into allegations of corrupt payments by journalists to police officers
Operation Tuleta - into the possibility that emails may have been intercepted

Regarding the latter, Mr Hogan-Howe said: "We're yet to understand fully what the nature of that would be."

He conceded that 100 people was a lot to put on one case and that most of London's murder cases had far fewer detectives working on them.

But he stressed that it was important to investigation the allegations properly to reassure the public.

Mr Hogan-Howe said: "I can't say to them 'you will solve this by 31 March'. That is not very wise."

Asked how long the inquiries might take, he joked: "If it takes 10 years, I won't be here by then. I can't tell you when it will finish."
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:11 AM

""Doesn't this makes one curious to know how many emails and the content they contain that have passed between http://www.acc.co.nz & Private Investigators in New Zealand?""

couple of references in my file...

turns out, i gave full disclosure, acc didnt know how to run the eos site properly, then in some long winded x explantions between themselves, finally worked out, that my claim numbers were from my ex married name...and my current name....

fraud? no but they tried to make it into something like fraud by their own ineptitute....the laugh was on them! idiots!!!
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 09:39 PM

Leveson Inquiry day by day updates.

http://www.guardian....uiry-day-by-day
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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:55 AM

Job well done to arrest this Private Investigator Glen Mulcaire, throw the scumbag and others like him in jail for life.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16065834

7 December 2011 Last updated at 20:59 GMT


Glenn Mulcaire arrested 'in phone-hacking probe'


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A man arrested as part of Scotland Yard's inquiry into phone hacking is Glenn Mulcaire, the BBC understands.

He was held on suspicion of conspiracy to hack voicemail messages and perverting the course of justice.

The private investigator was arrested on Wednesday morning and held at a London police station but later bailed.

The Met Police's Operation Weeting
is investigating hacking of mobile phone voicemails of public figures by the now-defunct News of the World paper.

The phone-hacking investigation is working its way through about 300 million emails from News International.


Operation Weeting
is looking into phone hacking, computer misuse is being investigated by Operation Tuleta and corruption falls under the remit of Operation Elveden.

Mr Mulcaire is the 20th person to be arrested as part of the police's investigations into phone hacking, computer misuse and corruption. He was released on bail to a date in late March pending further investigation, police said.

All but one of the 20 remain under investigation.

Mr Mulcaire was jailed for six months in January 2007 after admitting intercepting voicemails on phones belonging to aides of the Royal Family, including messages left by Prince William.

He was also convicted of intercepting messages of public figures including publicist Max Clifford, Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes and the model, Elle MacPherson.

In July this year, Mr Mulcaire issued a statement through his lawyers apologising to those "hurt and affected" by his actions.

The statement said that having been employed by the News of the World as a private investigator from 2002 he had "acted on the instructions of others".

Last month, in an another statement issued by his lawyer, Mr Mulcaire said he did not delete messages on a mobile phone belonging to the murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler and "had no reason to do so".

Earlier, Scotland Yard said a 41-year-old man had been arrested in London in connection with phone hacking and perverting the course of justice.

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson are among those who have already been arrested as part of the inquiry.

The scandal has led Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates to resign, and the NoW to close down after 168 years.

Operation Weeting is now investigating claims of more widespread phone hacking.

Some 1,800 people have come forward to express fears that they may have been hacked.
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 08:58 PM

This is the link to the official website of the Leveson Inquiry.

We have put the link to the statement of an Witness HJK which is subject to a Restriction Order as we feel some of you may relate to what you have been through with http://www.acc.co.nz contracted Private Investigators and the lengths some stoop to to obtain information that is quite frankly no one else's business.


http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/

http://www.levesonin...org.uk/rulings/

http://www.levesonin...-Derek-Webb.pdf

http://www.levesonin...ce/?witness=hjk

http://www.levesonin...ment-of-HJK.pdf
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 09:15 PM

At 06:15hrs on Thursday, 15 December, officers arrested a woman ['Elveden Arrest 7' - 37 ys] on suspicion of committing offences involving making payments to police officers for information.

http://content.met.p...0/1257246745756
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 09:36 PM

According to this article,in New Zealand Private Investigators can get away with things that we understand the http://www.police.govt.nz have to get a Search Warrant for.

We are baffled as to how this behaviour by Private Investigators is permitted as they are not Law Enforcement Officers, or have we missed something?

What we would like to know is why you would want to know someone else's private business?

Unless a person is suspected of breaking a Law there is no need for such devices & then we would expect it to be done in compliance with the Bill Of Rights Act, wouldn't you?

Our own opinion is if it is one's children involved there is a thing called communication which is the role parents.

http://www.legislati.../DLM224792.html

http://www.listener....e-your-secrets/

The device Paragon’s investigators have installed on the man’s work computer is a simple download from SpectorSoft that can be bought over the internet for just US$99.95. Spector Pro, advertised as a device for parents to monitor their children’s online activities, can “record everything they do on the computer – Facebook, websites visited, online searches and more. See both sides of every chat/IM, email send and receive, and interactions on social networking sites. Review video-style screen snapshots of everything your child does and sees on the computer. Know exactly who they contact and who contacts them online.”

It will even show passwords.

And, SpectorSoft says, all the information can be sent to your email. That is what Paragon does. But is such snooping an invasion of privacy? An illegal act? No, says McQuilter. Work computers are the property of the business and what is done on them can legally be viewed if the company so requests.

Computer forensic experts are forever uncovering dirty deeds carried out on work computers and, now more frequently, on home computers.

Wives suspecting their husbands of having affairs are increasingly turning to private investigators, who can gain complete control of a home computer without visiting the home.

An application that can be bought on the internet allows a “remote party” to take control of a computer. All the remote party needs is for a person to log in at a specific website, so the computer’s IP address can be recorded, and for the person at home to then permit an application to run.

Remotely logging in is how computer repair people work these days. Many firms subcontract their computer system maintenance to outside specialists, and the software they use to access computers is the same as that offered on the web.
At $879, TeamViewer is the most popular software of this type. Its promotional material says, “You can remotely control any PC anywhere on the internet. No installation is required, just run the application on both sides and connect – even through tight firewalls.” Once access is gained, all material on the computer can be downloaded.

More frightening is another software package called Back Orifice – the name is a play on Microsoft’s BackOffice. In much the same way Swedish author Stieg Larsson depicted hacker Lisbeth Salander operating in his Millennium novels, Back Orifice allows access to a computer without the owner having any knowledge of the event. The hacker can access the computer at the same time the legitimate operator is using it, yet the operator will have no idea this is happening.

McQuilter says the existence of the TeamViewer and Back Orifice software highlights that everything to do with computers has some degree of risk for companies and also for errant husbands and wives. “At work your secretary, your trusted colleagues, anyone at all – any person in your company with a few computer skills – can give someone external access to your network. They can let someone log in and clean out everything using TeamViewer,” he says. “They can see keystrokes, get passwords. Everything. You have to be naive to think it is not happening in every business. Small companies are absolutely vulnerable, especially from disaffected staff. It’s a nightmare.”

http://www.police.go.../service/ecrime

http://www.police.go...me/netsafe.html


We question how many people who have had private details accessed that are unfortunate to be involved as complainants/ victims in Operation Tuleta, Operation Weeting, Elveden etc without their knowledge and consent have had these remote devices monitering their computer use.

Maybe The Metropolitan Police Service ( http://www.content.met.police.uk/Home ) should demand sales details from the places that sell them so those who purchased & used them can be prosecuted & locked up where they belong.


http://content.met.p...7/1257246745756

http://en.wikipedia....peration_Tuleta

http://en.wikipedia....eration_Weeting

http://en.wikipedia....eration_Elveden

http://en.wikipedia....eration_Rubicon
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:57 PM

http://www.independe...ed-6283985.html

Exclusive:
Gordon Brown's Downing Street emails 'hacked'

Computer crime by press may be as widespread as phone scandal
James Cusick, Cahal Milmo

Monday 02 January 2012


Police investigating computer hacking by private investigators commissioned by national newspapers have uncovered evidence that emails sent and received by Gordon Brown during his time as Chancellor were illegally accessed.

Mr Brown's
private communications, along with emails belonging to a former Labour adviser and lobbyist, Derek Draper, have been identified by Scotland Yard's Operation Tuleta team as potentially hacked material. They are currently looking at evidence from around 20 computers which hold data revealing that hundreds of individuals may have had their private emails hacked.

The links discovered from the seized computers suggest that the email investigation could involve as many victims as those involved in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

The eight-strong Tuleta team is looking at the possibility that several Fleet Street titles commissioned specialist private detectives to access computers. News International yesterday declined to comment on the latest allegations.

A source with knowledge of the contents of some of the computers seized from private investigators told The Independent that analysis of a portion of the hundreds of thousands of messages found on the machines showed that Mr Brown and Mr Draper were targeted while the former Prime Minister was Chancellor of the Exchequer. The period includes potentially sensitive episodes in the difficult relationship between Mr Brown and Tony Blair.

One of Mr Brown's former cabinet colleagues, Peter Hain, has confirmed that he held discussions with police officers investigating the potential hacking of his computers during the period when he was Northern Ireland Secretary.

The period discussed with Mr Hain, from 2005 to 2007, overlaps with the period Operation Tuleta is looking at in connection with the Brown-Draper emails. Scotland Yard last night declined to discuss its inquiry into the electronic eavesdropping. A spokesman said: "We are not prepared to give a running commentary on an ongoing investigation."


NI's chief executive, Tom Mockridge
, said his company had been advised that Mr Hain's computer equipment "was not and has not been the subject of an investigation by Operation Tuleta" and that there was "no belief or suspicion that this equipment was hacked".

Mr Hain
, however, said he had met with the head of Operation Tuleta, Detective Inspector Noel Beswick, and discussed the hacking of three of his computers: two issued by the Northern Ireland Office, and a personally owned machine. The Tuleta team has also interviewed a former Army intelligence officer who has made a formal complaint that his computer was illegally accessed six years ago as part of a search for documents associated with the province's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.

Mr Brown has previously accused News International of accessing parts of his private life including his bank accounts. He said he "could not understand" why he had the protection and defences of a chancellor or prime minister, and yet remained vulnerable to "unlawful or unscrupulous tactics".

Earlier this year Mr Brown sent Scotland Yard tape recordings which he claimed challenged NI assurances that The Sunday Times had broken no laws when it investigated his personal financial affairs. He told Sue Akers – the Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner who is leading the phone-hacking and email-hacking investigations – that three senior Sunday Times journalists, whom he named, were aware of the "blagging" techniques used to access his personal details.

Mr Draper, a former lobbyist and former assistant to Lord Mandelson, has found his private correspondence being published on two occasions that have damaged the Labour Party and the reputation of Gordon Brown.

In 2008 a sequence of email exchanges between Mr Draper and Lord Mandelson damaged a planned make-over of Mr Brown's reputation during his difficult time as Prime Minister. In the leaked emails, Mr Brown was described as a "self-conscious person, physically and emotionally" and someone "not comfortable in his own skin". In 2009 leaked emails between Mr Draper and Gordon Brown's head of strategy and planning, Damian McBride, offered a series of planned smears targeted at David Cameron and George Osborne. It was suggested that the Tory leader could be falsely branded as having an embarrassing medical condition, and that Mr Osborne, then shadow Chancellor, could be alleged to have taken drugs with a prostitute. Although all the allegations were nonsense, Mr Draper, then re-emerging as a prominent pro-Labour blogger, wrote back to Mr McBride saying "Absolutely totally brilliant Damian."

There is no suggestion that any of this material was accessed through illegal computer hacking techniques.

Contacted by The Independent, Mr Draper said he had been given no details by Scotland Yard about whether his emails had been hacked. Mr Brown did not respond to a request for comments.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:07 PM

January 6, 2012 10:33 PM


British police make new phone hacking arrest

http://www.cbsnews.c...hacking-arrest/

A stack of last edition of News of the World is placed at a newspaper vendor in central London, July 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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LONDON - British police investigating tabloid phone hacking have arrested a long-serving former assistant to ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and other executives at Rupert Murdoch's News International group.

Police said Friday that the 47-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and later released on police bail to return for more questioning later this month.

Officers said the woman was detained at her home and taken to a police station in Essex, east of London, but did not confirm her name.

A person briefed on the arrest, who demanded anonymity to discuss details of the sensitive police investigation, said the woman was Cheryl Carter, the longtime personal assistant of Brooks — also an ex-News International chief executive — and other senior staff.

News International declined to comment.

The person said Carter's arrest was linked to the recovery of incriminating company emails from a data center in India last year. The content of tens of thousands of archived News International emails are being examined by investigators.

Detectives have so far arrested 23 people as part of new investigations into alleged phone hacking, computer hacking and police bribery at the Murdoch-owned News of the World and other British tabloids. No one has been charged with any offense.

Murdoch shut down the News of the World in July after evidence emerged that its employees had routinely eavesdropped on the cell phone voice mail messages of celebrities, sports figures, politicians and even crime victims.

The scandal has spawned a huge police investigation and a public inquiry into media ethics and seen top police officers, media executives and Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman — an ex-News of The World editor — all resign their posts.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:09 PM

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It isn't just the News of the World which has been taking people's privacy for granted. We have known about widespread abuse for years - yet nothing has been done about it.

The Metropolitan Police have now set up a team to look into this - Operation Tuleta. However, this is currently merely a "scoping exercise". With the Met in turmoil and the spotlight on the Murdoch’s, there is a risk this operation may get forgotten about.

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Dear Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick,

I am writing to you in order to clarify your position on a number of points relating to Operation Weeting and more generally the illegal data gathering operation documented by the Information Commissioner in its 2006 report ‘What Price Privacy?’.

I understand that the remit of Operation Weeting only covers phone hacking and that whilst there is a smaller team under the name Operation Tuleta inquiring into wider issues of hacking and illegal data gathering that this is only a ‘scoping exercise’ not a full investigation.

The 2006 ICO report naming journalists names over a dozen newspapers as clients of private investigators involved in either phone hacking or other methods of illegal data gathering. The Daily Mail and Daily Mirror in particular were cited as two of the worst offenders.

Given the failure of the Metropolitan Police to follow up this report at the time with a proper police investigation I was wondering if you could clarify the following points:

Given the evidence in the ICO report will they move Operation Tuleta from a scoping exercise to a full scale investigation?
Will the Metropolitan Police confirm whether Operation Tuleta will look at other newspapers beyond the News of the World?
Will the Metropolitan Police proactively seek evidence from other newspapers, private investigators and review the evidence collected by the ICO in its 2006 report?
Will Operation Weeting and/or Operation Tuleta be requesting access to the archives of other newspapers implicated in the ICOs 2006 report in order to ensure vital evidence is not missed in the course of the current investigations?

We are concerned that the current turmoil at the Metropolitan Police risks seeing the wider issue of hacking and illegal data gathering by tabloid newspapers go unpunished. Investigating News International and the News of the World is a start but to regain public trust the Metropolitan Police must now properly investigate the practices of the entire industry.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:48 PM

Really not sure if there have been phone hacking in NZ?

However we have even worse, Private investigators operating above the law. They forget to obtain a license (really seriously they can investigate but not investigate legal requirements)

that way they get around pesky problems like. section 53 not allowed to take photos!

Give their opinion under the guise of "we believe" in other words I can't prove anything but I'll say it anyway.

I bet they have and do, even the privacy com. have expressed concern over methods used.

I'll bet a few use it apparently its not hard. and very hard to prove and my guess is the person hiring may well turn a blind eye.

I'M SORRY PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS DO A GOOD JOB, THATS THE GOOD ONES. WHEN THE PSPLA CAME INTO FORCE THERE WERE 100'S WITHOUT LICENSES.

ALL THESE UNLICENSED INVESTIGATORS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ROUNDED UP AND GIVEN A 3 MONTH HOLIDAY (ROOM WITH A BUCKET) AND PREVENTED FROM HOLDING A LICENSE. OH WAIT THATS HOW THE LAW WAS WORDED, JUST NOBODY BOTHERED TO ENFORCE IT.

IF YOU ARE A GOOD PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH YOU
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

Well written Shulgin, agree with some of that, there are good and bad eggs everywhere.

A concrete cell, no windows & a lifetime in there with nothing but themselves however would be much more appropriate.

Oh & let them have only a bucket, no food, no water & no visitors, they might appreciate the harm they have done to others that way.

Whoops, that last bit wasn't very Christian like, better make an effort to go to Church & confess (definition 2a)...like we confessed (definition 4) all we know on the rotten eggs to the Appropriate Authorities.


con·fess
verb \kən-ˈfes\

Definition of CONFESS
transitive verb
1
: to tell or make known (as something wrong or damaging to oneself) : admit <he confessed his guilt>
2
a : to acknowledge (sin) to God or to a priest
b : to receive the confession of (a penitent)
3
: to declare faith in or adherence to : profess
4
: to give evidence of

intransitive verb
1
a : to disclose one's faults; specifically : to unburden one's sins or the state of one's conscience to God or to a priest b : to hear a confession
2
: admit, own <confess to a crime>
— con·fess·able adjective
See confess defined for English-language learners »
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Examples of CONFESS

He confessed after being questioned for many hours.
He willingly confessed his crime.
I have to confess that I was afraid at first.
I confessed my sins to the priest.

Origin of CONFESS
Middle English, from Anglo-French confesser, from confés having confessed, from Latin confessus, past participle of confitēri to confess, from com- + fatēri to confess; akin to Latin fari to speak — more at ban
First Known Use: 14th century
Related to CONFESS
Synonyms: admit, cop (to) [slang], fess (up), own (up)
Antonyms: deny
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See Synonym Discussion at acknowledge

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:13 PM

Latest Update - more arrests, including a Police Officer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16771809

http://www.guardian....d?newsfeed=true

Full list of arrests to date

http://www.guardian....s?newsfeed=true

And in New Zealand they have lowlifes who do "covert operations" into our Government Communications Security Bureau & they are still on the loose,
& they have previously spent time living in the UK,
but they will not be on the loose for much longer..


http://accforum.org/...__1#entry121884
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 12:11 AM

Common Law Privilege against Self-Incrimination (PSI)Judgement involving Private Investigator Glenn Mulcaire

http://www.judiciary...nd-mulcaire.pdf
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