THE MURDOCH CRIMINALS : PIERS MORGAN & PHONE HACKING SCANDAL
"Although it is more than 15 years since the start of the phone hacking scandal, which led to the closure of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, cases continue to make their way through the court system.
Dozens of individuals, including the Duke of Sussex, are still filing new claims. Murdoch’s News UK and Reach, the publisher of the Mirror, have collectively paid out hundreds of millions of pounds in damages and costs since 2006.
Piers Morgan “must have had knowledge of voicemail interception” and other unlawful information gathering techniques when he was editor of the Daily Mirror, it has been claimed at the high court.
Lawyers acting for alleged phone hacking victims made the accusation while seeking financial records relating to Morgan’s time in charge of the newspaper in the early 2000s.
They claim illegal techniques were used by individuals working for the Mirror during Morgan’s time as editor, including in relation to a story exposing Jeremy Clarkson for having an affair.
Morgan recently signed an enormous contract with Rupert Murdoch’s media empire worth tens of millions of pounds to be the face of the forthcoming talkTV channel. He has always strongly denied any knowledge of phone hacking at the Mirror and previously told the Guardian: “I’ve never hacked a phone nor told anybody to hack a phone.”
Yet the high court filings allege that, during Morgan’s time as editor, a Daily Mirror reporter had “been carrying out VMI [voicemail interception] on Mr Clarkson and trawling his phone bill” with the help of a private detective agency."