Wednesday, November 09, 2011

News International Hired Investigators To Spy On Lawyers: Watch

A very interesting fifteen minutes. Not to detract from the content, but it is in the last minute of the second video that yer man Derek Webb, the gumshoe that did all the surveillance, really takes the biscuit; what a cheeky fucker!

Investigators followed and filmed lawyers of hacking victims in apparent attempt to gather material on private lives.

The News of the World hired a specialist private investigator to run covert surveillance on two of the lawyers representing phone-hacking victims as part of an operation to put pressure on them to stop their work.

The investigator secretly videoed Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris as well as family members and associates. Evidence suggests it was part of an attempt to gather evidence for false smears about their private lives.

The News of the World also took specialist advice in an attempt to injunct Lewis to prevent him representing the victims of hacking and tried to persuade one of his former clients to sue him.

A dossier of evidence obtained by BBC Newsnight from an ex-policeman hired by the News of The World (NoW) shows the newspaper was engaged in covert surveillance on a huge scale.

Over eight years Derek Webb was paid to follow more than 100 targets.

They included Prince William, Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, former attorney general Lord Goldsmith and football manager Jose Mourinho.

The paper's owner News International said it was not able to comment.

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