July 22nd, 2011

Mirror Journo Speaks Out Against Morgan’s Version of Events

Today’s guest publication is The Australian, not normally Guido’s first choice for news, but somehow they got the interview that he was chasing all morning. James Hipwell, the former Mirror journalist whose insider information about the paper under Piers Morgan puts the former editor’s denials into serious doubt, has spoken out for the first time in five years. He claims phone-hacking was rife and that “bosses” were in on it:

“I know that for one simple reason: I used to see it going on around me all the time when I worked at the Daily Mirror. I sat right next to the show business desk and there were some show biz reporters who did it as a matter of course, as a basic part of their working day. One of their bosses would wander up and instruct a reporter to `trawl the usual suspects’, which meant going through the voice messages of celebrities and celebrity PR agents. For everyone to pretend that this is some isolated activity found only at the News of the World is ridiculous, it’s just a lie.”

Hipwell says, depending on legal advice, that he is likely to offer his insight to Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry. This is very bad news for Piers Morgan…

UPDATE: This is also pretty bad news for current Mirror editor Richard Wallace. He was Showbiz Editor at the time. Awkward…


78 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    This news brings joy to my heart.

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    • 6
      M&M says:

      Previosu thread – Pictorial evidence of Morgan twisting the truth

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    • 12
      Another Engineer says:

      We’re you posting on here during that last over, Billy? No wonder you got that decision wrong. Just as well it wasn’t an LBW.

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      • 18
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        The umpire is always right, just this time it was the third umpire.

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    • 14
      Yasmin Allah-Baba-Brown says:

      I think this is justice for the suffering he caused by printing known faked pictures of British soldiers supposedly urinating on Iraqi civilians.

      I hope he shares a cell with someone ex forces and he has his arse ‘ripped asunder’

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    • 16
      Knellerman says:

      I seem to remember that listening in to mobile phone messages wasn’t actually illegal until legislation was brought in in the early 2000s to make it so.

      So Peverse Morgan might be off the hook, to coin a phrase. Hope not.

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    • 28
      misterned says:

      But it cannot be thrown at the tories so it is not newsworthy. The BBC tells me this.

      IF James Hipwell can find a link to Murdoch, or Cameron, then the BBC will run it as their number one story, without, this is simply not news.

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  2. 2
    Piers says:

    Bollocks

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  3. 4
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “depending on legal advice, that he is likely to offer his insight to Lord Leveson’s inquiry.”

    what?

    He is either going to tell the truth or not, legal advice should not come in to it?

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    • 10
      Tax Payer says:

      Exactly. If he gets the call, he will come…..

      And on oath, he’d better tell the truth.

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      • 27
        Scottspeig says:

        Or refuse to speak whilst there surely. And why do people think that “Oh, my, under oath so that means he can’t physically lie at all, its a magic trick that means only truth is spouted”

        Legal advice being – here’s the deal, spill and we won’t prosecute you.

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        • 37
          Tax Payer says:

          I guess he could refuse to come – does the inquiry have the power to compel witnesses (especially foreign ones)?

          Yeah, he could perjur, but of course the police will be taking a keen interest.

          Presumably his hesitancy is because he himself hacked?

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      • 53
        Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

        Monitor his blink rate under questioning as opposed ti his interviews with non-entities – you will find it will almost double…

        Unless the Huhne is reading this, in which case the twat will try not to blink at all…

        Either way – he will lose.

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    • 68
      Fish says:

      Needs legal Advice?

      Perhaps he needs to check out that Bill of Rights thingy and that won’t be reported to the police if he says something that Watson (the menu tonight) doesn’t like.

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  4. 5
    The Penguin says:

    Couldn’t happen to a better slimey git. Hope he ends up in jail befriended by Big Bad Bubba…

    The Penguin

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  5. 7
    b34st says:

    For once the c u
    n t understands how we all feel about him by slapping his own face

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  6. 9
    Helpful says:

    Gotcha!

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  7. 11
    Desperate Dan says:

    What’s Jemima Khan doing getting all outraged about phone tapping when she was willing to donate money to defend Julian Assange and his stolen emails. She needs to get her morals sorted out and decide whether she is pro or anti invasion of privacy.

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    • 15
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Not really, Wikileaks was about releasing Goverment info (what the taxpayer pays for), so geniue public intrest.

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      • 35
        Yasmin Allah-Baba-Brown says:

        false, the lists of certain claimed members of ‘the party that cannot be named’ was not govt info. I hope the yanks send the little rapist turd to the chair

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    • 33
      Yasmin Allah-Baba-Brown says:

      she’s pro getting in the public eye and feeling sanctimonious. the fucking c#nt

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    • 72
      Anonymous says:

      No she needs to get a good meal inside her.

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  8. 13
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    It’s amazing that idiots like Morgan though they could stir up this shit-storm and somehow, miraculously, remain clean themselves.

    I sense the wind might be changing and blowing some of the shit back in their direction.

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  9. 17
    Martha says:

    Let me see. James Hipwell. Didn’t he serve time for insider trading when Piers Morgan didn’t? Would that be called a grudge, at all? No, course not.

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    • 46
      CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

      or the two drink and drug-addled hacks who were fired from the Screws might have had an axe to grind against Coulson?

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    • 69
      Fish says:

      That’s what the Beeb have just said.

      You work for Labour’s Newsnight and I claim my £20

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  10. 19
    Andrew says:

    Or even Piers Morgan.

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  11. 21
    That's News says:

    Oh, dear!

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  12. 22
    Charles II says:

    BBC Breaking: Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Price have been interviewed by police for the second time over speeding allegations

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  13. 23
    No I Didn't says:

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  14. 25
    blackbyle says:

    Blind –
    Pugh-Morgan Ha! The juice to stew him is starting to simmer!US corporations always have a clause in their employment contracts “moral turpitude”.Buy toasters now &
    ENJOY!

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  15. 26
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    It’s all unwinding. The will be a few current and former Labour MP’s, journalists, editors and private investigators sh*tting themselves at the prospect of spending some time at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

    This is now starting to become very interesting indeed.

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    • 42
      Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation says:

      You may think it is becoming interesting. We however have decided that it is not. You will find no further mention of this in our non-monoplistic and balanced broadcasts.

      … unless of course there’s a Murdoch/Ashcroft/Evil baby-eating Tories/Fatcher angle we can work in.

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    • 77
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      I would prefer to see Morgan doing time at the US Federal Government’s pleasure – sentences are longer, jail time harder and you don’t get half off for good behaviour.

      I’m sure Morgan would make plenty of affectionate new friends from the Aryan Brotherhood

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  16. 29
    Loungelizard says:

    Mirror Mirror on the wall now you’re f kd one and all!

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  17. 30
    Two Eds cause Labour pains! says:

    It is obvious mobile phone voicemail hacking would have been going on at every tabloid in the land – it was so ridiculously easy.

    That is to miss the point – the reason the Guardian went after the story so strongly was because a) the left hate the Murdochs b) the left fear the Murdochs and c) because News Corp was bidding for control of BSkyB.

    There you have it in a nutshell. The Guardian hacks and the BBC did not care about the Milly Dowler case at all – they just knew, when that case was uncovered and somehow the details of it were passed to the Guardian – they just knew that it was the kind of transgression which would cause a firestorm – and so it did!

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    • 39
      Yasmin Allah-Baba-Brown says:

      It will all look worse for new labour in the end. the murdoch arse kissing, the hacking, the lame attempt at investigating cash for honours. new labour were corrupt through and through.

      dave hired someone that there was a rumour about. big deal.

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    • 40
      Tax Payer says:

      The original enquiry was deliberately nobbled in order to avoid the whole thing blowing up, as it is now.

      By making such a fuss about one company, the Guardian and the BBC have dragged everybody in. Perhaps that’s not what they wanted – but it’s what they’ve got.

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      • 50
        CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

        They have scarificed the Mirror, to get Murdoch out of broadcasting or at least limit his influence. The Mirror is declining like the rest of the press and it’s influence is very limited to thick Northern Liebour tribalists. Longer term they want Associated press and The Express to suffer, as their proprietors have a stake in broadcasting too and they want to damage their reputations enough so that they will have to sell their stakes as not being “fit and proper” to be in broadcasting or if they carry on, any attempt to move into broadcast news and rival the BBC, will be difficult because of the Hacking baggage and whether they can be trusted etc.

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  18. 32
    What louise said says:

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  19. 34

    The BBC computer says NO
    The Guardian computer also says NO
    Tom Watson say Ill get my coat, its 2nd lunch time.

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    • 52
      slug balancer says:

      The Guardian’s agenda, and that of the coalition of the Left, clearly is not phone-hacking, it’s the destruction of News International and David Cameron. They are not interested in the truth unless it serves their own ends. They will never lift the lid on what Blair, Campbell, Goldsmith et al. really got up to, but perhaps Macdonald and Morgan can finally be forced to. Please keep going Guido.

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  20. 44
    Moley. says:

    Pity the police can’t stop the other newspapers from formatting all their discs and shredding all those e mails as quickly as they can.

    It would be nice if someone gave the police the e mails from management telling everybody to get rid of the evidence.

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    • 48
      Anonymous says:

      It wouldn’t surprise me if late night shredding sessions have been going on at the Mirror ever since all this exploded a few weeks ago.

      Wasn’t that the same trick Tony Blair used when he got wind of the expenses scandal which was about to hit Westminster?

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  21. 47
    Erradicate The Slime of Trinity Mirror and NI says:

    I do hope that sweaty lipped, tiny mouthed gold digger gets his comeuppance!

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  22. 49
    Gotcha says:

    Well done Guido!

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  23. 51
    Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

    It is clear that Morgan has morphed into the new Huhne, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer smarmy, arrogant, two-faced, smug, lying shit stain of a toadying lickspittle.

    O!

    How I will celebrate when Huhne and Morgan become bunk buddies in HM Nick!

    It is also very clear that Peers *earned* his pieces of gold after the Mirror affair, as, ever since, door after door has mysteriously opened for him all over the world – book/magazine.newspaper deals, TV shows by the bucketload et cetera et cetera – you don’t get those sort of Blairesque (25m and counting for that Hunt) rewards unless you have helped some very powerful puppetmasters indeed.

    Now, I wonder, who might THEY have been?

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  24. 54
    Clarence says:

    The irony here is that Piers Morgan is on the record as saying he likes and respects Rupert Murdoch. Also, he recently suggested that phone-hacking was no big deal.

    ‘Tis a pity – for him – that it could yet bite him in the arse.

    The Mirror is a wretched paper so it would be quite satisfying to take a pounding from the angry cock of public disapproval.

    I can’t see the BBC-Guardian axis getting a hard-on, however. Rusbridger and his useful idiots at the BBC have the Daily Wail in their sights, I suspect.

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    • 58
      The Tight Botty of the Liberal Elite says:

      “the angry cock of public disapproval”

      Ha! Excellent!

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    • 59
      slug balancer says:

      Although the Guardian online is today devoting what looks like about 90% of its journalistic endeavours to the noble cause of finding out the truth about phone hacking, astonishingly, there is not a single mention of Piers Morgan or the Daily Mirror.

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  25. 55
    Desperate Dan says:

    It would be impossible for Kevin Maguire not to know. Someone should ask him.

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    • 70
      Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

      he is too busy at the cricket with his bum chums Mcbride, Whelan and no Balls!

      Maybe Kevin MaLiar was looking for a job on the Lords groundstaff when the Mirror goes tits up!

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  26. 56
    The BBC says:

    David Cameron must surely now resign given this new, utterly tenuous link to his obvious bad judgement.

    He was in a position to be able to consider employing these people. He must surely now go.

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  27. 57
    Observer says:

    Lord Justice Leveson, not Lord Leveson. He’s in the Court of Appeal rather than in the peerage.

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  28. 62
    Edvard Munch says:

    What a scream!

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  29. 63
    TollyPointBee says:

    Peston is a Murdoch placeman. Come on Guido do a little research and lets have us another resignation. Peston has to go…

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  30. 64
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Hope Jimmy boy has got his back covered and only uses pay phones.

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  31. 65
    Johann Hari says:

    “I know that for one simple reason: I used to see it going on around me all the time when I worked at the Daily Mirror. I sat right next to the show business desk and there were some show biz reporters who did it as a matter of course, as a basic part of their working day. One of their bosses would wander up and instruct a reporter to `trawl the usual suspects’, which meant going through the voice messages of celebrities and celebrity PR agents. For everyone to pretend that this is some isolated activity found only at the News of the World is ridiculous, it’s just a lie.” as a reporter told me!

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  32. 66
    Johann Hari says:

    “What I should have said was that I don’t know Mr Morgan but have found him almost unwatchable on CNN.” as I was told by an interviewee.

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  33. 67
    Colonel Nut. says:

    More and more on Moron Morgan.Hope he’s soon behind bars and bending down for the soap.

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  34. 73
    Johann Hari says:

    As Funnybot told me in an interview.

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  35. 75
    50 Calibre says:

    I just love the smell of toast…

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  36. 76
    cynic says:

    Is this the same ‘Australian’ magazine as is owned by News Limited, aka Murdoch?

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  37. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Who’s turned Charles Moore?

    Telegraph:

    “I’m starting to think that the Left might actually be right”

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