How Scotland Yard is back-tracking on the phone hacking case


9:05 am - September 6th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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This morning three newspapers report on their front-page that Scotland Yard is looking into re-opening the phone-hacking enquiry.

Putting Coulson aside for a minute, their approach to this investigation stank from the beginning and this u-turn is no different.

Late last night the New York Times also hit back at the Met – saying outright they obstructed the paper’s own investigations.

But first, this is how the Met Police initially responded to the New York Times article:

The Met has considered whether matters raised by the media or elsewhere constituted new evidence that merited further investigation. We considered then, and we remain of the view, that no new evidence has emerged to justify re-opening this inquiry.

The Met does not consider that the issues raised by the New York Times accurately reflect how the investigation was conducted, constitute new evidence, or lead us to change our position.”

They have now changed their position.

Their latest statement says:

We have repeatedly asked [The New York Times] for any new material that they have for us to consider. We were never made aware of the material from Sean Hoare before the article’s publication. We have sought additional information from them and will consider this material, along with Sean Hoare’s recent BBC radio interview, and will consult the Crown Prosecution Service on how best to progress it.

So now they’re pretending all this is new evidence. It’s unlikely the Met were unaware of Sean Hoare’s quote before publication. This looks like a complete u-turn.

Last night the NYT hit back, publishing a story with this extraordinary statement by its executive editor Bill Keller:

Scotland Yard has declined our repeated requests for interviews and refused to release information we requested months ago under the British freedom of information law.

After our story was published, Scotland Yard expressed renewed interest in the case and asked us to provide interview materials and notes; we declined, as we would with any such request from police. Our story speaks for itself and makes clear that the police already have evidence that they have chosen not to pursue.

You can’t get any more stark than that.

Everyone, including the NYT, knows what’s going on here. Nick Davies’ article today in the Guardian is a must-read on how Scotland Yard itself is failing to account for its own conduct.

Here is the media coverage for today

Guardian
MPs seek fresh investigation into News of the World phone hacking
Prescott has been pressing the police for days to give him details of its inquiry into whether his phone was hacked. Today he produced detailed invoices showing that News International consultants were paid to make inquiries into him.

Nick Davies: Phone hacking: Met police put on spot by ignored leads and discreet omissions
Somewhere in the offices of the Crown Prosecution Service, there is a file that will be of great interest to any independent inquiry that attempts to tell the truth about the behaviour of the Metropolitan police in the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World. The Guardian has read it.

Charlie Brooker: When it comes to phone-hacking, the press is the elephant in the room

BBC News
Met Police may re-open News of the World hacking case
The Metropolitan Police has said it may reopen the investigation into claims of phone hacking by the News of the World if it uncovers new evidence. Assistant Commissioner John Yates said officers would consider any new information – and examine if further action should be taken.

Independent
Cameron under pressure to defend Coulson as calls for inquiry grow
In a further development, lawyers for a group of public figures confirmed they were to go to court this week to force Scotland Yard to disclose the names of thousands of politicians, celebrities and journalists who are believed to be victims of phone hacking.

Daily Telegraph (front page)
Yard calls in new evidence in News of the World phone-tap row
Detectives have asked the New York Times to hand over the transcript of an interview with Sean Hoare, a former reporter who claimed last week that Andy Coulson, the then-editor of the Sunday tabloid, personally asked him to eavesdrop on private phone calls.

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Undoubtedly, Tories and NotW executives will respond by trying to smear Sean Hoare, as they have done with others in the past.

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Reader comments


1. astateofdenmark

What is the third newspaper to have it on the front page? I looked on the sky news front pages thingy and I could only see the tweedles.

TIA

@1

Judging by the OP, the Guardian, the Indie and the Torygraph have it on their front page..?

It has not been a very good weekend for the police. What with the officer caught on CCTV beating the shit out of a 50 year old woman. Big well done to the policeman who did not cover it up.

That is what we need, more policemen who will get rid of the bad apples. And there are certainly enough bad ones in the Met. But they tend to stick together.

As for Coulson I want to see the police marching up Downing street and going in to number 10 to interview him. That was what the trolls wanted when we had a Labour govt. .


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