The First Indication–from a Current Court Case in London–That Glenn Mulcaire, the Private Investigator Who Hacked into the Phones of Royal Staff Members for The News of The World, Might Have Also Sold His Information To Other Publications

Jul 21, 2011  •  Post A Comment

In a current court case in London there was the first indication that Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who was jailed in 2007 for hacking into the phones of royal staff members for The News of The World, might have also sold his information to other publications, The New York Times reports.

According to the article, ‘At the Royal Courts of Justice in London, lawyers for the actor Hugh Grant and his former girlfriend, the socialite Jemima Khan — once the subject of relentless tabloid attention — mentioned The News of the World and unspecified “other newspapers” while demanding police information on Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who was jailed in 2007 for hacking into the phones of royal staff members."

The story adds, "Those publications were not named in the court proceedings, but the judge referred to ‘one or more newspaper proprietors.’ ”

The article also says, "And last week, news reports showed that the actor Jude Law has brought a hacking lawsuit against The News of the World’s sister newspaper, The Sun."

Furthermore, according to the Times’ piece, "Five former journalists at The News of The World’s rival Sunday newspaper, The People, run by the Mirror group, said in interviews that they regularly witnessed hacking in that newsroom in the late 1990s to early 2000. ‘I don’t think anyone quite realized the criminality of it,’ said one former reporter at The People, who spoke on condition of anonymity. A former reporter for the Sunday Mirror, another News of the World rival, described the extensive use of private detectives to obtain personal information."

The article also notes that "[Hugh] Grant told the BBC that he visited a pub owned by Paul McMullan, a former editor for The News of the World, with his own recording device. Mr. McMullan, he said, told him that ‘it wasn’t just The News of the World, it was all the tabloids’…[that were involved in phone hacking]." 

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  1. Seriously, is anybody really shocked here? It’s coming Stateside faster than you think & they’ll have to pretty much shut down the media if they plan to prosecute everyone with any involvement.

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