August 5th, 2011

David Leigh, The Guardian’s Hacker-in-Chief, Lied to Guido

It will be established over the coming months that the Guardian, far from being whiter-than-white, is as guilty as others of phone hacking. It has emerged, in the style of Piers Morgan, that David Leigh admitted to “voyeuristically” phone hacking. On July 6 this year Guido spoke to him directly and put specific allegations to Leigh that he taught a new generation of journalists, journalism students at City University, about phone hacking. He gave an angry blanket denial of the allegations – which were double sourced – so vehement were his denials that despite the double sourcing Guido held back on publication. In an effort to stand-up the story we sought a third source to no avail. Until today.

After Guido quizzed David Leigh, he had a go at us in the Guardian a few days later, claiming bizarrely that Guido’s source for Damian McBride’s Smeargate emails was News International. He also attacked us in a number of tweets for good measure.  All of which made us even more sure that we were on to something. As we said at the time:

It has now emerged that in 2006 David Leigh admitted in the pages of the Guardian, when hacking was less controversial, that he did it and just as we claimed, he taught his students about it.

There is certainly a voyeuristic thrill in hearing another person’s private messages… unlike the News of the World, I was not paying a private detective to routinely help me with circulation-boosting snippets. That is my defence, when I try to explain newspaper methods to my current university journalism students, and some of whom are rather shocked. 

David Leigh lied to Guido when we put this very allegation to him, he then thrashed about trying to tie us into News International’s sins and even uncharitably called neo-Guido a “clown”.

We’re laughing now.

Anyway, let bygones be bygones, David Leigh is on holiday at the moment, so Guido has emailed asking for an explanation:

David,

When we spoke on the afternoon of July 6th I asked you bluntly “Did you teach your students how to hack phones?” you said “No”.

When I asked “Not even in the context of a discussion about the ethics of hacking?” You said “absolutely not”.

When I said “Why do two sources tell me otherwise?” You said “You have your answer, I am watching the debate” and put the phone down.

Now it transpires that in 2006 you wrote in an article justifying your phone hacking that “I try to explain newspaper methods to my current university journalism students”, exactly the allegation I put to you.

So you brazenly lied to me in response to direct questions. Why?

You then wrote an article which suggested that my source for the Damian McBride emails was News International, which anyone with any sense would realise was a nonsense, journalists not being in the habit of giving hot stories to bloggers who then pass them on to rival newspapers. Why?

Perhaps, on his return, after examining his conscience, he may even consider an apology…


270 Comments

  1. 1
    I meet a socailist once and the cunt nicked my wallet. says:

    Lefties lying?

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    • 6
      Ludovic's Kennedy says:

      Surely not?

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      • 21
        Gordon Brown says:

        this afternoon i am making a jam sponge tambourine

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        • 37
          Charles Flaccidwidger says:

          That’ll make a nice change from fucking the economy over.

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          • cunt says:

            make a change from the right wing terrorising children by shooting 77 of them, and blowing up government buildings

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          • Where is "boy" George? Still hiding? says:

            Spain and Italy have rebounded strongly after heavy falls this morning. Spain’s Ibex stock index is up 2pc, while the FTSE Mib in Italy has risen 2.2pc. Yields on ten year government bonds have also fallen from highs this morning.

            The UK has not been so fortunate. The FTSE 100 is currently trading 2.2pc down at 5,274, with Royal Bank of Scotland still the biggest Footsie faller.

            http://order-order.com/2011/08/05/david-leigh-the-guardians-hacker-in-chief-lied-to-guido/#comments

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          • Nurse Botha says:

            …..and humping the sofa.

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          • Rog says:

            Awwww… naughty Guido!

            Hope you haven’t spoiled Mr Leigh’s holiday.

            Wonder if he’ll bring you back a stick of rock?

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          • BBC Controller says:

            Look! Over there!

            Something really interesting…

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          • Cynical Old Man says:

            C**T, Anders Breivik actually comes from the same left wing background as his victims. He was brought up by his parents to believe in left wing ideology and the Norwegian Labour Party and, had his parents not split up, no doubt he would have been groomed on Utoya island for a political career. Somewhere along the way. he felt betrayed by Labour and became obsessed by revenge against them.

            That it seems he contacted a number of so called right wing groups in his quest for some sort of alternative ideology that made sense to him does not make him “right wing”, although I realise it’s a nice easy label for lefties to use against him.

            Would you accuse all the Regular Labour voters who turned to the BNP when they felt betrayed and abandoned by our own Labour Party as “right wing nutters”?

            The truth about the actions of Anders Breivik is far more complex than a simple left wing brain, used to seeing things in stark black and white, can comprehend.

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        • 199
          AngryEnglishJon says:

          Where is “boy” George? Still hiding? is an anagram of ‘Why am I such a silly Hunt?’

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          • Omlaut says:

            Don’t you mean Hühnë?

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          • Axel says:

            Of course that is errant nonsense.

            In the first place, “Where is “boy” George? Still hiding?” has 27 letters, whereas “Why am I such a silly Huhne?” has only 21 letters.

            In the second place “Huhne”, or to give it the authentic spelling,”Hoon” is in reality a psudonym for the Secretary of State for the Department of Lies & Dis-information’s appalling UK Energy Policy behaviour.
            Hoon = Hooligan or a lay-about – a prankster (Australian Dictionary).

            More realistic, and indeed genuine anagrams are …..

            Where is “boy” George? Still hiding? =
            Bed Negligee, It’s Girlish Ooh? (Wry)

            and

            Why am I such a silly Huhne? =
            Each a slimy, whiny lush. Uh?

            More startling exposées, but in full glorious colour, and in moving pictures on occasion. See them at the website of the Fraudulent Climate of Hokum Science. Please click the name Axel above to go there now.
            – shameless plug :)

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    • 13
      Billy Bowden's Bum Boy says:

      WHY WOULD ANYONE LIE??!

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      • 18
        Loungelizard says:

        Guilty! anyone with a haircut like that has to be.

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        • 227
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          Guido, I suspect this twat will be the next Lie Dumb cabinet minister instead of Huhne, he has all the credentials.

          With thieving Laws coming back to cabinet they will be al in it together- bunch of lying thieving tools.

          We need people with strong emotional intelligence, we do not need any more academic (I say academic, but I mean those who received an expensive education and a leg up through the old boy network- like Clegg) lying thieves.

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      • 49
        cunt says:

        Why Do RightWingers like killing children? and blowing up buildings? 77 dead kids, all killed by one of the loony c-unts who read blogs like this and pam gellar’s

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        • 54
          Right wing polar bear says:

          I voss only obeink orders.

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        • 58
          Anon. says:

          Nurse! Fetch the straitjacket please. And the medication. Thank you.

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        • 100
          Steve Jobs says:

          Then don’t read blogs that way

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        • 160
          Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

          didnt he like the Nazis….were not the Nazis the socialist party…!

          Are not liebour a socialist party like the nazis and the norway nutter!

          You lefty twats seem to have your ideologies mixed up.
          Then again you could be a murdering nutter from the left wing like stalin!

          Lets hope someone hunts you down ku nt and see how you like a hollow point bullet through the head you sick sad man!

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          • cunt says:

            LOOOL he didn’t like nazis

            what a fuckwit you are – he’s wearing a nazi uniform, hates immigrants, leftwingers, muslims and multiculturalism, but he’s not right wing

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          • The Watcher says:

            Yes….C*nt – learn your history….the Nazis were the National Socialist Party who hated the Church and industrialisation and called themselves the People’s Party and even invented a “people’s car”: the VW Beetle. They just wore different uniforms to the SWP but shared a hatred of human beings like other left wingers. And like most of today’s left they were also antisemites.

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          • Lord Reith says:

            No actually he didn’t, he loved Israel and wanted all the Muzzies to convert to Christianity. If he was “racist” why did he kill only white people?

            Unless you believe the BBC? doh

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        • 181
          Barnacle Bill says:

          C*nt

          You sure have a way with words you left wing moron. Must have been educated under Tony Blair Millionaire’s Educashun Educashun Educashun system.

          Of course Pol Pot (2 million exterminated) Stalin (40 million exterminated) and Mao (80 million exterminated) were all Left Wing shites. And that doesn’t even include Hamas, Hezbollah, Shining Path, North Korea and all the other human hating lefties. (All UN statistics btw).

          As for child killers….how about your Chechnyan friends and place called Beslan?

          F*ck off back to Labour Party Headquarters and get your facts right, dullard.

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          • Cat says:

            Be gentle with him Bill – he repeats himself a lot because there’s fu@k all else in that tiny brain. He has to pick his nose first to change thoughts manually.

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          • Thats News says:

            Mr C*** please stop trampling on the dead Norwgian children, there’s a good chap! You seem to have got their blood all over your sandals.

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        • 244
          Voice of reason says:

          HERE COME THE PC BRIGADE AND THE NANNY STATE! MIGRANTS ARE PREACHING HATE BECAUSE THEY ARE COMMUNISTS IN DISGUISE. THE SILENT MAJORITY MUST RIOT IN THE STREETS. ENGLAND FOR THE ENGLISH!!!!!

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    • 17
      Fox Mulder says:

      The truth is out there!

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    • 98
      Alan Rubbishbringer says:

      Maybe he is such a poor techer he does not even listen to himselg. Have you taught about that?

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    • 120
      lol says:

      Oh what a tangled web we weave…

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    • 133
      Ampers says:

      An apology Guido?

      Let me paraphrase Leigh when he tweeted to Guido “Dream on, son”

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  2. 2
    AC1 says:

    Chances of this getting on the BBC are lower than a successful job application for a job by a straight, white, non drug using, conservative male.

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    • 84
      Devils' Dumplings says:

      Oh please let it be proven further – this is so delicious! I do so want to see/hear the complete, total, exhaustive, blanket coverage on the BBC – especially the Toady programme.

      Anyone else noticed that it always “Andy Coulson” or “Rebekah Brookes” but suddenly it’s a coy “Mirror Group Executive” instead of PIERS MORGAN……not that it’s anything like the same air-time.

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      • 221
        Oh dear. Poor Guido says:

        There’s never any excuse for this sort of thing. David Leigh even condemns himself, here he is on the Guardian website;

        ““I, too, once listened to the mobile phone messages of a corrupt arms company executive … I was not interested in witless tittle-tattle about the royal family. I was looking for evidence of bribery and corruption. And unlike the News of the World, I was not paying a private detective to routinely help me with circulation-boosting snippets.”

        Oh. A corrupt arms company executive. Well I’m sure the public will see that’s just as bad as hacking Millie Dowler’s phone. After she was murdered. And giving her family false hope. While fucking up a police investigation.

        (And funnily enough not only is this allegation 5 years old, it’s already been reported by the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13092573)

        Mr G you really are behind the curve on this story.

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        • 231
          Anonymous says:

          Most of this happened six to ten years ago. So why is it news today? Because the BBC and Guardian were desperate to derail the News International take-over of BSkyB and embarrass the current Government – even if it meant their own misconduct and that of the previous Government might come out afterwards.

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      • 234
        Reds Under the Bed says:

        Go get him Guido! …the slimeball.

        What on earth will Polly say about the Grauniad being up to its red socialist claws in filthy sleaze?

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    • 101
      CPS says:

      laminate that Guardian article Plod

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    • 217
      RhonddaBlue says:

      I’m surprised and disappointed that Chris ‘Without Fear or Favour or Trousers’ Bryant for once appears to be unavailable for comment on the BBC.

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    • 222
      You people really are morons says:

      Guido’s big exclusive was on the BBC back in April. Which was in turn reporting a story on the Guardian website from 2006. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13092573

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      • 229
        A Moron says:

        Lucky, then, that Leigh has such faith in his classrooms full of students on their various ways to God knows what employment that he should see fit to share his broad knowledge of underhand and very-rarely legal ‘information retrieval’ methods with them. How delightful it must be to be able to inspire those upright and crusading minds headed for a profession which we all know to be untainted by unethical, dishonest or corrupt practice or questionable motivation – errrr… journalism.

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  3. 3
    Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

    Scalps coming thick and fast. Keep at it!

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    • 27
      Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

      You could tag Peers Moron to the quote below, sounds awfully like what Mr Moron has been foot-in-mouth boasting about (in print/tweets et cetera) too…

      Peers Moron

      “There is certainly a voyeuristic thrill in hearing another person’s private messages… unlike the News of the World, I was not paying a private detective to routinely help me with circulation-boosting snippets.”

      David Leigh

      “Stories soon emerged that the marriage was in trouble – at one stage I was played a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone. It was heartbreaking. The couple had clearly had a tiff, Heather had fled to India, and Paul was pleading with her to come back. He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate, and even sang ‘We Can Work It Out’…”

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    • 151
      EdButLookBalls says:

      It’s totally logical if the MSM want a piece of the action then common sense dictates that they join in and hack. It would be bizarre if they didn’t ! Simples!

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  4. 4
    I meet a socailist once and the cunt nicked my wallet. says:

    “sins and even uncharitably called neo-Guido a “clown”.”

    that alone is enough for me!

    Take him out Guido!!!!

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  5. 5
    fitaloon says:

    Journalist, Conscience….. reboot

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  6. 7
    Enough! says:

    Oh pleeeez!

    This is really scraping around the edges now, trying to find new angles to maintain a story long past its sell-by date.

    It’s over; get over it; move on.

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    • 10
      Anon. says:

      Are you from the Guardian or the BBC?

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    • 46
      Dorian Smith says:

      Yeah comrade, don’t associate The Guardian with “phone hacking”, it’s spoils our narrative.

      Remember, News International phone hacking – BAD

      Mirror phone hacking – not as bad as NI hacking, can’t think why but there you have it. Don’t dwell on it too much.

      The Guardian phone hacking – no, no, no, not possible – you’ll be saying we’re tax evaders next and “do as I say, not as I do” socialists.

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    • 57
      L1 says:

      @Enough – this story has only just begun my dear.

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      • 145
        Codswallop says:

        where there’s smoke there’s the stench of hypocrisy – Smoke the bugger out Guido.

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        • 171
          Jonathan Boyd Hunt says:

          Thanks to:
          a) The Guardian’s special relationship with the BBC;
          b) The BBC’s grip on the UK media;
          c) The way the police and parliament only respond to media reporting;

          – like everyone else who works for The Guardian, David Leigh is immune to the due process of law.

          If Plod had any backbone, and/or if UK broadcasters were impartial, Leigh and Rusbridger would have been banged up for their crimes several times over the last decade, starting with their role in the Guardian’s perversion of the 1997 Downey inquiry.

          To see what Leigh looks like when he’s rattled check out 12min 30secs in:

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          • Dorian Smith says:

            Time for a long overdue, independent inquiry on the relationship between the State broadcaster and the tax evading newspaper with a tiny circulation – which wields such a disproportionate sway over the BBC.

            Make the BBC a subscription service, sod the “unique way you are funded”, you aren’t up to being “uniquely funded” – you’ve lost the trust of so many people with your biased views, when you aren’t meant to have a view.

            Even on a journalistic level the BBC fails, any real news comes from the dead tree press and the blogosphere, what the fuck are you doing all day?

            Ever wondered why some think the BBC is a better news service when most of you are on strike? Biased BBC, yes, Bloated BBC, definitely.

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  7. 8
    Anonymous says:

    maybe he could share a cell with piers slime bag

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  8. 9
    Dame Edna Leverage says:

    Ed Miliband….where are you(?)…clear your snotty nostrils….the people await your condemnation of The Guardian and the Mirror Group. You were very visible when you condemned Murdoch & News International (and the Conservatives) despite the fact that the hackery took place when Labour was in power!

    Where are you now Eddie the Eaglet? Or are you in hiding? I hope so……

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    • 115
      Bill d'Sarse says:

      Eddie is (and always was) a plasterer/builder in Cirencester. He was on teh tellybox the other night.

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  9. 10
    Gordon Brown says:

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    • 56
      Bogeyman says:

      That is absolutely fukin hilarious. Do watch it, folks.

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      • 108
        Mornington Crescent says:

        It sums up Britain and its electoral and political systems to a T. Britain got what it deserved.

        Glad I wasn’t living here under any of Bliar’s rule – in fact, I deeply wish I hadn’t come back.

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      • 111
        Rog says:

        Spot on – essential viewing.

        I wish we could go back to ’97 – before Labour totally fucked up the country.

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      right ding says:

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    • 125
      Anon-nony-nony says:

      ‘Fat Jimmy’ Alexander (who coincidentaly failed to become a Labour MP – oh the disgrace) was elected in York City Council at the last local elections. Not long after, he has set almost the entire population of York against him by trying to railroad the selling off of one the city’s car parks to his mates at York Uni who want to expand (again – couldn’t have anything to do with being able to charge £9,000 per year would it?). The car park makes about £400,000 per year (its mainly for tourist coaches), yet he is trying to sell it for £2 million. Economics clearly isn’t his strong point. The tourists from said coaches need to walk past a few businesses to get to the tourist sites in the city centre and spend a fair bit of money in the businesses en-route. These businesses will now see a dramatic reduction in footfall and will probably go under. Even a petition so far of over 22,000 against the sale (the population of York is only about 180,000), failed to sway Fat Jim and his Labour clones. Methinks his tenure as council leader will be a short-lived one. He’s a c**t of the highest order.

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      • 177
        Scallywag says:

        Guess who voted Fat Jimmy onto the council?

        No prizes for the right answer…

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        • 207
          Anon-nony-nony says:

          The voters in Holgate ward in York. A typical working class area, occupied by ex and current railway workers who would vote in a pig if it wore a red rosette.

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      • 185
        Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

        It is a long-term ideological position for Labour to remove roadspace and reduce car parking spaces.

        They’ve been at since Labour won the London elections in 1973 and immediately removed 11,000 parking meters, closed Oxford Street (so ‘fat-cat’ commuters couldn’t drive their Volvo 240s into the city) and then kept all London car parks closed until 11am to discourage commuting.

        Since the C-Charge was brought in by Leninspart, the number of lanes on the bridges over the Thames have been reduced by a least five. Blackfriars north-bound had three lanes for general traffic. It now has one.

        Transport for Lefties loves Boris bikes because they can remove hundreds of parking spaces to fit the bike stands. Same goes for car sharing schemes – they love ‘em because they permanently remove spaces.

        And the great Edinburgh road’s scandal – where the city centre was brought to a standstill by spiteful Labour councillors who dug the place up in revenge at losing the road tolls vote.

        At a cost of millions the road blocking measures had to be removed and the all-conquering tram scheme has been a disaster. £500m later and it’s half the size and unfinished. Amazingly, R4 is dishing the dirt next week.

        Labour = manufactured traffic jams.

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    • 138
      Hard-Lazing Voter says:

      Begging for the “Where Are They Now?” treatment.

      Including the derp in the blue shirt.

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  10. 12
    The BBC's completely unofficial spokesperson says:

    Look over there, the economy is on its knees owing to the Tory led coalition.

    Please pay by direct debit – thank you.

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  11. 15
    Fabians are Evil says:

    As I said they are all Evil, ‘effin liars and marxists to boot – bastards professional bastards

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  12. 16
    genghiz the kahn says:

    David must try harder to revise for his RE examinations. It is clear that he does not understand the meaning of the text from John Chapter 8 verse 7.

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    • 135
      Bill d'Sarse says:

      Stoning is too good for him.

      Ehm…all right, two points, ahm…two flats and a packet of gravel. (Apologies to Montyy Python).

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  13. 20
    ron Vibentrop says:

    Teaching students to commit criminal acts. GO TO JAIL.

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  14. 22
    Fabians are Evil says:

    But there again if you own the higher moral ground you think you can get away with anything……………….

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  15. 23
    Glyn H says:

    It’s not a very good wig; and on the money journalists apparently get paid he could have afforded a rhinoplasty.

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  16. 24
    Grauniad says:

    Grauniad man hakcing? On!

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  17. 25
    I don't need no doctor says:

    What’s happened to Ed Miliband, Tom Watson, Prescott and Bryant over the phone hacking.
    No mention of the Daily Mirror, Piers Morgan, The Guardian.
    Why only shout about Murdoch, NOTW and Coulson.
    THE USUAL LABOUR HYPOCRISY.
    IT HAPPENED UNDER LABOUR’S WATCH.
    YOU CAN SPIN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE.

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  18. 26
    The right is right says:

    The mistake is to think that any leftist has a conscience, they dont. The leftists believes the ends justify the means. Any methods are acceptable to them because they believe their cause to be just. Of course because of this they end up twisted and hate filled hypocrites with the moral rectitude of a gang of hungry sewer rats.

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    • 32
      cunt says:

      says a total hate crazed imbecile

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      • 34
        cunt says:

        I know – go and shoot some kids who are at a summer school – that will help a lot.

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      • 73
        Anon. says:

        No, that’s you, that is.

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      • 147
        Sophie says:

        Afternoon Tat.

        Using dead children to score political points is pretty low, even by your standards.

        Put the fizzy orange down – it does not mix with your meds – ask Gordon Brown what can happen if you persist.

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      • 150
        Biffo the Bear says:

        “Hate crazed imbecile” – best definition of a leftist I’ve ever heard

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    • 33
      Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

      Talking of sewer rats, they will all be squealing on each other to Plod when faced with HM Nick…

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    • 50
      Anonymous says:

      I’ve never met a generous lefty. They always leave before the bill arrives – in restaurants or in government so it seems.

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    • 88
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      This is actually a circular argument. Because lefties are twisted and hate-filled hypocrites etc, they believe that the end justifies the means – especially if the end involves pissing huge amounts of other peoples money up against the wall. Thus they are avenged against a society in which they are institutionalised serial losers.

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  19. 28
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Another moderated comment. I’m beginning to get a complex.

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  20. 29

    I seem to recall Piers Morgan mentioning on Desert Island Discs that the dark arts weren’t confined to the red tops.

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  21. 30
    I meet a socailist once and the cunt nicked my wallet. says:

    The C-unt should do the decent thing and top himself, he is a fucking disgrace.

    Teaching people to break the fucking law? What a fucking used condom!!!!

    Then to top it, He starts on young Neo.

    David Leigh you are guilty as charged, Would you like to swing from a lampost or a bridge?

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    • 39
      cunt says:

      why don’t you just do what your right wingnut friends in Norway do and just get a load of guns and start shooting children?

      sensible reich-wing response to any issue – start shooting children

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      • 51
        I meet a socailist once and the cunt nicked my wallet. says:

        Google the “Weather Underground” friends of obama.

        Left wing and blew up people.

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      • 89
        CU in HELL says:

        Oh look every one it’s a lefty circle jerk not in any way exploiting the deaths of 70+people for political purposes !!

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        • 122
          Grumpy Old Man says:

          It’s one type of extremist authoritarian socialist trying to pretend that he has nothing in common with another type of extremist authoritarian socialist. Marxist/Leninist socialists and National Socialists have been trying this on for years. Trouble is they keep fooling the hard of thinking as well.

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        • 123
          Cat says:

          I wish he’d stop repeating himself, it’s like a bloody broken record. Mind you, these trolls seem to be able to hold only one thought at a time in their heads.

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      • 238
        Fake Blood says:

        You are a terrible half-wit Hunt. I don’t suppose you’ll ever muster enough brain to know it either, you gormless twat. Do fuck off.

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      • 247
        Rufus T. Firefly says:

        You are becoming very predictable Mr C***. Now go and play with your nice little left-wing friends, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot.

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  22. 36
    Lefty McLeft says:

    Surely going by the precedent the Guardian endorses the paper should be closed down?

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    • 40
      cunt says:

      surely by the precedent endorsed by rightwingers, we should start massacring children on holiday?

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      • 129
        Cat says:

        Are you sure you don’t want to repeat that? Just in case someone may have missed it.

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      • 248
        Rufus T. Firefly says:

        Boring. He was a left wing socialist you moron, Why don’t you do yourself and everyone else a favour and go play Hopscotch in the fast lane of the M25 during rush-hour.

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    • 48
      Charles Flaccidwidger says:

      Given the level of losses at GMG, it’s just a matter of time…..

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  23. 44
    Bogeyman says:

    Just read his article. He has a reasonable defence if you buy the public interest argument, so why the hell did he tell what appears to be an outright lie when you faced him?

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  24. 47
    Penfold says:

    There is, may i hazard, a great sense of joy when you expose a smug, sanctimonious lefty as a liar.

    Good one Guido.

    Always happy to see the lefties get their comeuppance and the schadenfreude when it’s a Grauniadista…………………………ahhh deep joy.

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  25. 52
    Tears Of A Clown says:

    Who the fuck is H a r r y C o l e?

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    • 63
      I meet a socailist once and the cunt nicked my wallet. says:

      Neo-Guido

      Guidos younger and better looking sidekick (nice chap as well)

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  26. 53

    Yep, he definitely lied. Unless of course he talked to students about phone hacking but never actually explained how to do it?

    Yet another fail from Guido and his pet monkey.

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    • 59

      Btw, how’s the death penalty petition going? You do know that the petition to retain the status quo has more than twice as many signatures?

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      • 189
        Big Dan says:

        A whisker over 6000 names against a tad under 12k names.

        I suppose one way to look at it is to feel pleased that there aren’t quite as many window licking fucktards as Gweeds had hoped.

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    • 85
      Dorian Smith says:

      Funny how you are here trawling for hits to your poxy blog, from a website where you disagree with the demographic.

      Like

      • 130
        Cat says:

        It’s the only way they can get anyone to stop by their sites.

        Like

      • 162

        When I want hits I’ll write an article on LDV. When I want to call bullshit on nonsense spouted by Guido I’ll come here.

        And, quite frankly, with a thousand unique visitors a month, I really don’t want your sort of small minded cretins reading my blog anyway.

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        • 191
          Youniq Visitor says:

          Unique in that they visit once and never come back.

          Like

        • 194
          Cat says:

          I don’t think you need to worry on that score mate!

          Like

        • 201
          Anon. says:

          Ooh! Get you!

          Like

        • 211
          Greek economy - socialism in action says:

          Light Delivery Vans. How exciting. Must visit.

          Like

        • 235
          Dorian Smith says:

          Numbnuts, if you want to “call bullshit on nonsense by Guido” fine – on some level it’s entertaining, but why then post a link to your shite site if you “really don’t want your (my) sort of small minded cretins reading my blog anyway”?

          “A thousand unique visitors a month” – wow you’ve got me there, that really is the killer reply, that’s me told, fuckwit.

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          • As it happens I didn’t include the link to my website when I left my comment. I can only assume that chrome remembered my details from a previous comment I left and added them automatically. I’ve left the website box empty this time as well so let’s see if the link shows up or not.

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  27. 55
    Beeboid reporter Toenails robinson says:

    Hahahahahahahah ahhh hahahahahahahaha

    Sorry nothing to see here move along please

    Like

  28. 60
    Ghost of Khamis Khadaffi says:

    I just was sitting there minding my own business and …….whooomfa!

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  29. 64
    Big Ears says:

    1. If listening to voicemails had caught the hundreds of crooked MPs, we would have approved.
    2. If some people of public interest are too stupid to change their mobile’s default settings…
    3. It is so easy to do, every newspaper had journos doing it.
    4. I’m very glad the Grauniad’s alledgedly implicated.

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    • 68
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      5. hacking into beeboids phones to hear them ordering the ‘special’ off of “dial a line of coke”

      Like

  30. 65
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Just turned on the BBC and this hacking story is running all the time, well done Guido the BBC are tearing into the Guardian newspaper.

    BWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. 66
    lookey here says:

    This cnut wrote a book
    about Jonathan Aitken called The Liar.

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  32. 67
    That's News says:

    Ah, but Guido, Mr Leigh is perfectly right in what he does! Because he is the People’s Hacker!

    And he was perfectly justified when he lied to you because he was using the art of Heavenly Deception!

    The words odious, duplicitous, shill, deceitful and manipulative all come to mind when one considers David Leigh. Those and several dozen other more pithy epithets, that is…

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  33. 69
    Guttah Pwess says:

    What’s your source?

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  34. 74
    dhopesmith says:

    YOU LOT ARE A DISGRACE.

    If you’re going to be shits to each other, at least drop the pseudonyms and show who you really are – otherwise, don’t debase the conversation or the good work Guido’s doing on this blog with your rancid and childish comments.

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  35. 81
    sg-strummer says:

    About time the Guardian got dragged in to it.

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  36. 83
    Postal Vote says:

    Keep up the good work Guido!

    Try also to find sources and quotes from labour that there was a deliberate policy to send all the expensive print job adverts for the public sector to The Guardian in return for favourable covrage from a broadsheet that always gets quoted by the beeb.

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  37. 86
    Anonymous says:

    So he talked about the existence of phone hacking in a journalism class he taught?

    String him up!!!

    Surprised you’re still to be approached for an editors job at The Sun Guido!

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  38. 87
    Ashamed to say I used to read The Guardian and The Mirror says:

    Lefty brainwashing crap!

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  39. 93
    weybridgeman says:

    Liar, Liar! Left wing, Elf ‘n Safety approved, morally sourced underwear on fire!

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  40. 105
    onwemarch says:

    A criminology lecturer once explained various methods of killing people. By your logic, that would make him a murderer!

    Also, nice job waiting until Leigh went on holiday – now you can smear him to your hearts content without retort!

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  41. 109
    uncle sam says:

    Guys Im going to order in the helios with the 1812 to sort out the Sky news at 1300.
    What a load of krap some dum broad? called Eagle who hasnt a clue whats goin on and grampo Vince whos so good at spin that he’d take 7 days do do a 360- at least you folks dont have to watch the krap under the sentance of imprisoment like your good ol bbc commi output

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  42. 110
    ISO 9000 says:

    Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definately be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment.
    iso 9000

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  43. 118
    Beness says:

    this should all be left (did i say left) in the capable hands of one of the BBC’s most respected journalists(did i say journalists) Richard Bacon.

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    • 220
      Pierre Bleu says:

      Whatever happened to Richard Bacon? There I was watching Blue Peter and suddenly he was gone.

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  44. 126
    lol says:

    And so, the chickens come home to roost…

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  45. 131
    Sophie says:

    Delicious Guido.

    Bravo.

    Crosshairs on Leigh please.

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  46. 132
    Mike Hunt says:

    OT just seen this:

    “Celebrity Big Brother: Speaker’s wife Sally Bercow set to join reality show”

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  47. 134
    The Scott Trust Tax Free Home for your Cash says:

    How can you possibly accuse the Grauniad of being hypocritical? After all it was the Grauniad that nailed down these cheating bleeders who dodge paying their fair whack of tax…people like ….well Polly Toynbee and GMG.

    Also Greenie weenies remember Aunty Polly Toynbee says you peasants shouldn’t take foreign holidays….whilst on her way to her home number six (or is it seven?) in Tuscany.

    Hypocritical twat she is.

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    • 174
      Shelley Wordsworth says:

      The Guardian, socialist kin to the Beeb
      And that mighty statesman, Milimong dweeb
      Avoiding tax, using offshore bankers,
      What hypocritical po-faced wankers.

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  48. 136
    What a plonker. says:

    The Guardian is a hypocritical lying broadsheet , Your time has come and when
    the police and official enquiry really gets going The Guardian and the Mirror Group will be mired up to their necks in the brown stuff.

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  49. 140
    Sophie says:

    Love this:

    “But unlike Goodman, I was not interested in witless tittle-tattle about the royal family. I was looking for evidence of bribery and corruption. And unlike the News of the World, I was not paying a private detective to routinely help me with circulation-boosting snippets. That is my defence” – David Leigh

    Looking for “evidence” – are you a Warranted Officer of the Court? Did you have a Warrant to Intercept the private communications of others?

    No & no is the answer.

    You broke the law to get a story. Just like NI & the Mirror.

    Guilty as charged your honour.

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    • 224
      Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

      “And unlike the News of the World, I was not paying a private detective to routinely help me with circulation-boosting snippets. That is my defence” – David Leigh

      In other words, he did the hacking himself, yes? Because that is what he is saying above.

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      • 251
        Rufus T. Firefly says:

        Members of the jury have you reached a verdict?

        Yes your Honour. hang the bastard.

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  50. 142
    Alan Rushoverthebridger says:

    These are all lies and smears. I for one need a larger salary as I have some lawyer bills coming up.

    Like

  51. 143
    Sophie says:

    Where is Polly?

    David needs you to get on Twitter defending him right away Polly.

    Just like Hari….

    This is lovely. Popcorn ordered.

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  52. 152
    Hard-Lazing Voter says:

    Careful now, getting the Graun involved is really going to make the progs froth at the mouth. They got 10,000 signatures already, gotta love that hivemind.

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  53. 156
    Leonardo says:

    Why is only Steve Bell, the Guardian’s painfully unfunny cartoonist, allowed to give talks and lead ‘learning events’ at London’s Cartoon Museum? Does the Grauniad own it something?

    http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/

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  54. 157
    pissed off voter says:

    Huhne, Pilgrim, Morgan, Leigh … all in such a short time. You’re having a purple patch, Guido. You’ve obviously been working like a bee. I thank you, you are very much appreciated.

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  55. 159
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Finally we get to the Gauniad. Those little leftie shits need roasting even more than Piers Morgan, and when that fire is well stoked, it will be time to scalp AlJaBeeba.

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  56. 164
    Sick of being followed about by dogshite in Edinburgh says:

    Hypocrisy is what the Guardian excels in.

    Like

    • 252
      Rufus T. Firefly says:

      I think you could include the whole of the left wing of British politics in that statement.

      Like

  57. 167
    Mike Hunt says:

    working out how to beat the Mods and mention Sa**y Be***w being on CBB

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  58. 170
    Guardian advert says:

    UNDERPANTS FOR SALE. XXXL. Slightly soiled but should scrub up nicely. Recent move forces quick sale. Buyer to collect. £1.50 ono. [Tel HACK12345]

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  59. 172
    Scallywag says:

    Can anyone with a nice name like Piers Morgan be all bad?

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  60. 173
    Scallywag says:

    I’m being moderated again…

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  61. 178
    Anonymous says:

    Nice work Guido

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  62. 179
    Anonymous says:

    seems that the grauiad have amended the original article – I haven’t studied where and how, but Google’s original cache is here http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_yTUuG3H8OgJ:www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/dec/04/mondaymediasection+richard+leigh+scndal+on+tap&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.u

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    • 197
      Guardian are frauds since they amend original articles when it suits them says:

      But I suppose you can alsways get the hardcopy at British Library – how telling Gaurdian are frauds – as if no one knew

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  63. 195
    General Sir Philip Michael Hunt says:

    Haha, this is what we’ve been waiting for, get stuck in Guido.

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  64. 206
    Anonymous says:

    If only you can nail The Independent on phone-hacking, along with the Mirror Group and GMG, we could see the entire progressive press in the dock.

    Perhaps they might get banged up with Charlie Gilmour, and all get together to produce a prison gazette. “Media Martyrs” has a nice ring to it.

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  65. 208
    Pedantic Sod says:

    How can you get a voyeuristic thrill from listening to something?

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  66. 212
    Border Terrier says:

    David Leigh – aka on here as Mr C*** – is a sanctimonious liar for the Auto Trader subsidiary.

    Didn’t he forge or blag the Ritz receipt that convicted Tory shagger Jonathan Aitken?

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  67. 215
    Rh- says:

    Leigh Lies? …… frack me, next you’ll be telling me that Polly is an out of touch windbag with no idea what reality is, who spouts dangerous rubbish as the old dear potters from london town house to continental palace?

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  68. 219
    Detestable Colonial says:

    Guido, you magnificent bastard.

    It’s rather fun to watch.

    Get the tinder piled up under Piers, add one blazing Macca, and once the flames look to be blossoming around Mirror move on to the next one.

    Got a few more autos-da-fe planned?

    How many more scribblers are spending their evening hours reviewing their past work for the little boasts that seemed so natural at the time?

    Frankly, I’m wondering what trail of government appratchiks hooked UEA and/or the Norfolk Constabulary up with dear Neil Wallis in the wake of the Climategate email release, and just what services he was contracted to provide them.

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  69. 230
    A. Bore says:

    With respect, there’s a difference between ‘teaching students to hack phones’ and ‘explaining journalistic methods’ to them. An explanation might only be cursory, and insufficient in itself to yield a knowledge of how exactly to do it. You seem to think you have him cleverly cornered, but you don’t. Lazy scholarship my boy.

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  70. 232
    A. Bore says:

    I feel a libel suit coming on.

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  71. 236
    BRITAIN FOR SALE says:

    So Guido This prick think’s you are Harry Cole ?
    He’s really got his finger on the pulse !

    Like

  72. 243
    The last day. says:

    And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
    And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
    And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
    And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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  73. 254
    Captain Sensible says:

    This is just typical! I couldnt care less but liberal hand-wringers are ruining Great Britain because they government is lying to us. All Englishmen should get tough. What do you think?!

    Like

  74. 255
    Clayton Burns says:

    Toronto Star: Phone-hacking scandal spreads to the paper that broke the story Lesley Ciarula Taylor Published On Fri Aug 05 2011 [...]

    Guardian investigative editor David Leigh admitted to “a voyeuristic thrill in hearing another person’s private messages” as he described using “some of those questionable methods myself over the years.”

    Leigh’s disclosures came in a 2006 article after an editor at the tabloid News of the World was arrested. The piece was dug up and republished by Metro UK on Friday. [...]

    Leigh is on holiday until Aug. 22 and did not reply to text messages. The Guardian expanded on its statement in an email to the Star, saying:

    “This is not a new story. It is based on a 5-year-old article written by David Leigh. He has never attempted to conceal it or cover it up.”

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  75. 258
    do i look like a people person? says:

    Bet David Leigh hopes that Guido doesn’t find out about the stamp-tax dodging property swap deal he entered into with two fellow Granada TV hacks in the early nineties.
    In this deal AJ got the house that Leigh formerly lived in on the Notting Hill/Shepherd’s bush border and no stamp tax was ever paid! Good job this was long before the Guardian’s self-appointed role as tax-dodge hunter general.

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  76. 259
    Anonymous says:

    Are you the idiot that would have hanged the Guidford 4 and the Birmingham 6 and the Cardiff 3? Enough said.

    Like

  77. 263
    jheath says:

    interesting to see this going international now with Mr McIntyre at Climate Audit on the rampage. Why do the North American colonies not realise that the Grauniad and its editor’s brother-in-law can do no wrong, being entirely saintly in their desire to save the world from Guido, global warming and other nasty things?

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  78. 264
    Robert of Ottawa says:

    Congrats Guido. This is the first serious piece I have seen from you …. keep it up, I will read you more.

    Like

  79. 265
    Pete H says:

    As he outed your real name on the tweet it is certainly worth looking at
    Steve McIntyre’s blog to read how Leigh also outed Jeff Id.

    http://climateaudit.org/2011/08/06/the-guardian-is-bemused/#more-14387

    There is a suggestion that only the police looking into Climategate had Jeff Id’s real name, address etc

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