News of the World Hacked Investigators

    Police officers keep guard at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, July 11, 2011. The British press has reported that emails given to police indicate that News International chiefs knew that phone hacking was more widespread than acknowledged and that police were being paid for information.The police position is difficult because of allegations that some of its officers received payoffs from News of the World journalists. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo

    Celebrities, victims, politicians, and now Scotland Yard. Five senior police officers discovered that their phone messages had been hacked by the News of the World shortly after the first criminal inquiry began in 2006. This raises new questions about the quality of the initial investigation, and to what extent it was compromised. Of the 11,000 documents seized from the home of hacking specialist Glenn Mulclaire in 2007, investigators found the names of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police commissioner and other officials involved in the inquiry. A possible “cozy” relationship between Scotland Yard and News of the World is another area of question, a reason current and former officials believe that the initial hacking investigation was not thoroughly pursued.

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