U.K. Cops Undermined Commissioner

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair reads a statement to the media at the service's headquarters in central London, Thursday Aug. 2, 2007. Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, head of London's police counterterrorism unit, failed to tell his superiors, including Blair, that marksmen had killed an innocent man on a subway train after mistaking him for a terrorist, an inquiry into the killing by the Independent Police Complaints Commission reported Thursday. The inquiry said Hayman misled the public about the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician shot dead by police seeking bombers who had tried to attack the transit network on July 21, 2005. De Menezes, 27, was killed the next day, shot seven times in the head in a subway car by police. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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    In a new development in the hacking scandal, it appears that a senior British police official worked to undermine Sir Ian Blair, the commissioner several years ago. The Independent obtained a report, written in 2006, that was part of the police’s internal inquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World. The report says a member of Scotland Yard’s management board was briefing against the commissioner’s performance and leaking information about cases. Blair demanded to know why he was never told of the report and has submitted it to Scotland Yard’s investigation into the hacking scandal. One of the key figures on the board was Dick Fedorcio, the former communications chief who resigned over his decision to hire a former News of the World executive to do PR for the police force.

    Read it at The Independent