Friday, August 5, 2011

More on Paul and the phone-hacking scandal

To no surprise, a new development in the UK's newspaper phone-hacking scandal directly involves Paul and Heather Mills:

Heather Mills, the ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, dramatically widened the phone-hacking row Wednesday night to include another newspaper group, telling the BBC that a journalist from The Mirror Group had hacked her phone messages in 2001.

Mills did not identify the reporter in question, but said it was not Piers Morgan, the CNN anchor and America’s Got Talent judge, who was then editor of The Daily Mirror. She said the reporter had quoted “verbatim” details of a phone message left by McCartney following a fight between the couple.

- Despite there being "no plans to quiz Piers Morgan," he is not out of the woods (from the article above):

But Newsnight pointed to a column Morgan wrote in The Mail on Sunday in 2006 about the couple’s breakdown, which appeared to show that that Morgan had listened to the illegally hacked message.

“At one stage I was played a tape of a message Paul had left Heather on her mobile phone,” he wrote in his column. “It was heartbreaking. He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate and even sang ‘We Can Work It Out’ into the answer phone.”

- Finally, in an interview about his experience on 9/11, Paul acknowledged the unfolding situation:

"When I go back after this tour, I'm going to tak (sic) to the police because I apparently have been hacked. ... I do think it's a horrendous violation of privacy and I think it's been going on for a long time, and more people than we've heard about knew about it."

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