Hundreds of hacking calls were made from a “private wire” inside News International’s headquarters, the Old Bailey heard today.
Among those whose voicemails were accessed from the “generic” phone link at Wapping in east London were Katie Price, Tessa Jowell, celebrity PR advisor Alan Edwards and three Mail on Sunday journalists – Sebastian Hamilton, Dennis Rice and Laura Collins, the hacking trial was told.
Princes William and Harry’s private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, alone was called 416 times during a nine-month period, the court heard.
NOTE FROM PDJ: Otherwise a slow day in court today, with lots of what Justice Saunders described as “legal hiccups”. The two new facts that emerged from evidence that caught my attention was the volume of hacks from the News International landline: on one day in 2006 News International landline made 24 hacking calls to Royal Aides and rival journalists. That, and the fact that it now seems that not only was Rebekah Brooks (the editor of the Sun) and Andy Coulson (then editor of the News of the World) hacked by Glenn Mulcaire, so too was Neil Wallis, Coulson’s deputy editor at the time – sometime between July 05 and August 06, and from somewhere in the office where he worked.