The Press Gang have another exclusive on the Mirror Group’s involvement in the dark arts, which has recently been exposed in ongoing civil cases into phone hacking.
But as I’ve discovered over the past few years, phone hacking is only the more benign tip of a much larger murkier iceberg of illegal story gathering, surveillance, burglary and police bribes, which ultimately leads back to the Murder of Daniel Morgan.
Not so long ago, at a press event with Alastair Morgan, a senior Mirror journalist said they could never cover Daniel’s murder and the police cover-up for “political reasons.”
There’s a political reason a major newspaper group can’t cover the most investigated unsolved murder in British criminal history?
Below is just a snippet from the full article. But read the rest of it here to understand why
DARK ARTS MASTER
GARY JONES is one of the key figures in the Daily Mirror’s involvement with illegal news-gathering. In the first part of A Pretty Despicable Man, Press Gang outlined his extensive use of the private eye Steve Whittamore in the early 2000s. Jones — now executive editor of the Sunday Mirror — has never replied to any of our questions …
The MET have been sitting on the documents used in this article ever since 1999. They come from Operation Two Bridges which targeted Jonathan Rees in 1998-1999. Some of them were first given by senior figures in the Met to the then BBC Home Affairs correspondent Graeme McLagan in 2002 after Rees was gaoled for conspiring to plant drugs on an innocent woman.
THE MIRROR’S relationship with Jonathan Rees was shattered on 29 September 1999.
On that day, detectives arrested Rees in connection with a conspiracy to deprive an innocent woman of her child.
Police had bugged Rees’ office in Thornton Heath, south London and heard the plot unfold.
A client of Rees was involved in a custody battle with his estranged wife.
Rees suggested arranging with a corrupt police detective to plant cocaine in her car.
Police were watching as the drugs were planted and the woman arrested.
Then they pounced.
In raids across London, detectives gathered the evidence on which this article is based.
Rees was gaoled for six years for his part in the cocaine conspiracy.
When he appealed against the length of his sentence, it was increased it to seven.
Scotland Yard also wanted to charge Sunday Mirror reporter Doug Kempster for paying a police officer for confidential information.
Piers Morgan had no connection with the Sunday Mirror.
The CPS decided not to prosecute.
Despite this scare, the Daily Mirror’s addiction to the “dark arts” continued.