Beyond Contempt: Voewood Festival: Ebooks now Available – Paperback out at the End of the Month

Just to update after a number of inquiries: the paperback is now nearly proofed and about to be sent to the printers. Depending on their (summer) time scales, the book should be delivered by the end of the month with a launch party in Central London in mid September Continue reading

Those Rogue Reporter Emails

As Andy Coulson goes into another week of cross examination, I’m posting here some more the emails which have been cited again and again since the opening of the hacking trial. These are mainly courtesy of the BBC and Robin Brant.

Some of these emails were downloaded by Clive Goodman himself after his arrest on the 8th of August 2006. Others come the Harbottle and Lewis search of the following year, during Goodman’s employment claim against NI for unfair dismissal. The remainder are from police searches of the remaining NI email database

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Stuart Kuttner’s Emails to Surrey Police over Milly Dowler

Here are copies of the two emails, discussed in evidence today and throughout this week, of former News of the World Managing Editor, Stuart Kuttner, emails to Surrey police in April 2002, following the disappearance the previous month of Milly Dowler.

The first email from Friday 12th of April is from the same day, as other evidence has revealed, five NOTW journalists were sent to Telford thanks to Glenn Mulcaire‘s hacking of Dowler’s voicemail, picking up a (wrong number) message from a recruiting agency about a job at print factory. Kuttner’s editor, Rebekah Brooks, was in Dubai that weekend.

The second email, sent initially on the 19th of April, was resent on the Saturday. In this version Kuttner explicitly acknowledges the previous NOTW story was based on Milly Dowler’s voicemail messages. Kuttner claimed NOTW changed the story to reflect the new information from Surrey Police that the voicemail from the recruiting agency was a ‘hoax’. However, the hoax allegation was contained in the first two editions of the Sunday tabloid. In the third edition, all references to voicemails were removed. Continue reading

Kuttner’s Notes of Conversation with Goodman Just After his Arrest

As discussed in evidence yesterday and today, the CPS have released a redacted version of Stuart Kuttner‘s contemporaneous notes of his discussion with former NOTW Royal Reporter Clive Goodman, dated 10th August 2006, soon after he was released from his arrest and questioning by police in the initial Operation Caryatid investigation into phone hacking.

This evidence is currently being adduced by Andrew Edis QC, as he cross examines Kuttner in the witness box. The original pages are from the NI archives, where Kuttner explains he filed most his notebooks. The transcript is an agreed document Continue reading

Mulcaire Sanctioned by Spooks: ‘Malign Influence’ of NI Lawyer on Goodman’s Legal Team

L/R: Clive Goodman, David Spens QC, Andy Coulson (image from Daily Mail

As Claire Pollard, who usually storifies my tweets, is away for a couple of days, I am reproducing, with kind permission of Rosie Robertson, today’s entry in her excellent Press Reform blog. I don’t think the evidence today from former NOTW Royal Correspondent Clive Goodman needs much comment Continue reading

Texts to Rebekah Brooks from Tony Blair on the Eve of her Arrest

The contents of some of the text messaging between Tony Blair and Rebekah Brooks from the period just before she was arrested in July 2011, have been shown to the jury at the Hacking Trial at London’s Old Bailey today.

Thanks to Gaetan Portal from the BBC

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Brooks’ Coulson email exchange on Goodman Mulcaire guilty pleas: “It is all going so well”

The CPS have released copies of the email exchange between Rebekah Brooks (Wade as she was then) and Andy Coulson on the day the guilty pleas by NOTW Royal Reporter, Clive Goodman, and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, were first entered in the original phone hacking trial in 2006. Continue reading

The Brooks “Plan B” and “Blair Unofficial Adviser” emails

Picture courtesy of Prix Pics

Copyright Prixpics – used with kind permission

A clearer copy of email evidence submitted in the jury bundles on the last part of the prosecution case has been released by the CPS. The first email, from 11th of July 2011 shows an exchange between Rebekah Brooks and James Murdoch, which starts with a discussion of the sales for the last edition on the News of the World.

James Murdoch replies, querying why Brooks would put such things on email. The Daily Telegraph had reported that day on the ‘smoking emails’ which caused the closure of the News of the World. It was also the day that The Times led on reports that the police wanted to interview Brooks.  Continue reading

NI legal discussions and emails released in Phone Hacking Trial

The CPS has released 4 February 2014 – Bundle relating mainly to internal News International discussions in 2010. The bulk of this is a (rather poorly copied) note of legal meeting between senior executives and Farrer’s, NI’s lawyers at the time. A record of attendance from the civil case is included, as well as emails from Brooks to Martin Ivens, and to her from News Corp‘s Frederic Michel and Matthew Anderson.

It also seems to suggest a senior police officer and former senior police officer were also speaking to NOTW editor Colin Myler (picture HT Gaetan Portal)

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Those Missing Rebekah Brooks Devices

The CPS have now released images of the ten missing computer devices attributed to Rebekah Brooks.   Computer forensic analysis of the  MacBook recovered by police from the underground car park at Thames Quay, Chelsea Harbour,  contained a data grab from a  wireless router at their Oxfordshire residence.  This  led to an investigation of the missing devices listed below. More evidence on these from my tweets from today.

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