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    Revealed: a true Mafia moment | Hacking inquiry - Hacked off

    From a day of breathtaking revelations, here is one: on or just before 16 September 2006 Rebekah Brooks received a phone call from a police officer who briefed her at length about the phone hacking investigation then under way.

    By that time (although they would insist otherwise for years) the Metropolitan Police already knew that hacking had been conducted on an industrial scale and that several News of the World staff were probably involved, but Brooks was assured in that call that only one reporter would be prosecuted and that her company would not be troubled further.

    It looks for all the world like a Mafia moment. The police – supposedly our police – discreetly tipping off a corporate boss about a criminal case involving her company and then assuring her that it would all be safely buried.

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    It was hard to know whether the day was worse for the Metropolitan Police or for News International, and perhaps it is fitting that they should be in the pillory together given how cosy they have been.

    With the police, we now see far more vividly than before that the story they repeatedly presented to public and parliament between 2007 and 2010 was quite different from the story as they knew it themselves.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:40:17 AM PST

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      definitely worth reading

      Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

      by ceebs on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:42:26 AM PST

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      •  and an absolutely shocking (8+ / 0-)

        piece from one of the witnesses statements

        New Statesman - Did the Met betray rape victims to avoid bad PR?

        Former Metropolitan Police officer -- and Lib Dem mayoral candidate -- Brian Paddick has appeared at the Leveson Inquiry, and hiswitness statement contains an astonishing allegation against his ex-employers.

        In a section about the Metropolitan Police Service's attempt to improve its image in the media, Paddick details the "negative commentary" on Ian Blair after he took over as Met commissioner. "The Met went from being very open to being almost paranoid," he writes.

        One of the consequences of this, he adds, was that he was asked to "water-down" a report critical of the Met's handling of rape cases. Paragraph 19 reads:

        Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

        by ceebs on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:49:14 AM PST

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