Met: Wrong to infer that 28 NoW staff involved in hacking

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The Metropolitan Police has denied that evidence from Glenn Mulcaire’s notebooks suggests that 28 individuals at the News of the World commissioned him to hack voicemail messages.

This follows testimony from Leveson Inquiry lawyer Robert Jay QC on Monday stating that 28 “corner names” were legiible in Mulcaire’s notebooks and that this could mean 27 News of the World staff – in addition to Clive Goodman – were involved in phone-hacking.

Today Neil Garnham QC representing the Met Police said: “As Mr Jay correctly told you in his opening, there are approximately 28 readable corner names in the Mulcaire notebooks. But it is not correct to suggest that a fair inference can be that they were all NoW employees. Some of them probably are.

“For many others, it’s impossible, at least thus far, to say whether they were or were not. It certainly cannot be said that the MPS have established that all the taskings indicated by the corner names were made by NoW employees.”

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