August 24th, 2011

Beckham Hacking: Mirror Cover-Up (Part I)

In an effort to be helpful, Guido has today written to the Mirror Group’s Legal Director, Paul Vickers, who is conducting an internal investigation into allegations of Mirror Group hacking and blagging. So far Vickers has discovered nothing, not a single bit of wrongdoing. Mirror Group CEO Sly Bailey will be so disappointed. Maybe this will help him:

How much hush-money did the Mirror Group pay David Brown to buy his silence about widespread hacking of celebrities and politicians done from within the Mirror’s newsroom? Tom Watson and the DCMS Select Committee don’t seem very interested in hacking when it was done by Mirror journalists under Piers Morgan. Perhaps Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry will take a harder look…

UPDATE: Trinity Media’s press office confirm that David Brown left the business on April 5, 2006. So it would be more precise to say in the above letter that the settlement, rather than the sacking, was in 2007. The Press Gazette covered the story and the threat of an imminent industrial tribunal immediately after the sacking.


177 Comments

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

    Watch the share P*ice plummet now:-)

    • 5
      Sly Bailey CEO says:

      But at least we didn’t hack into a dead child’s phone

      • 10

        Why are you called Bailey?

        • 40
          Nestlé says:

          Perhaps it is because she is so creamy.

        • 46
          Rage Against the Political Elite says:

          This is a smoke Screen. NEWS INTERNATIONAL. Are funded by people who want to control the Political discourse and stear countries to WAR, so that the Banker backers can get the country into eye watering DEPT. Any politician who didn’t aggree would be outed that is why they didnt and where terrified of being outed.

      • 11
        BBC/Guardian/ Mirror, axis of evil says:

        Oh dear, still illegal mate, not as if you’d notice from the widespread apathy by the left wing media and plod concerning it’s own dodgy patctices.

        • 156
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          Guido,

          How about the Sunlight Centre writing to Cameron and Clegg asking why David Laws has not beed referred to the police for an investigation whether he falsely accounted £56,000. Both talk about the social decay, greed and sick society following the riots. Could they start their cultural change at Westminster by ousting corruption and greed to bring about cultural change. The whitewash by John Lyons is simply not good enough.

          The Sun reported Jacqui Smith has criminals on a release programme painting her house. Apparently she made a donation to charity. The article did not state what the donation was ie payment or kind. Either way the prison claims it was not aware prisoners were painting her house as they should have been working in the community. From recollection she made an insincere apology to the House of Corruption for having £116,000 of taxpayers money away including porno films. The standards of John Lyons demonstrated another whitewash.

      • 43
        Cynical Old Man says:

        Still just an allegation – not yet proven.

      • 168
        pedrowe says:

        prove it

      • 175
        Displaced Brummie says:

        But at least we didn’t hack into a dead child’s phone

        Bet you did, really!

    • 6
      Anonymous says:

      Share Plice?

    • 25
      Mark says:

      Shouldn’t someone contact all of Beckham’s previous domestic staff personally so that they can take up their cases directly through the Courts ?

    • 72
      Anonymous says:

      Fucking Jaqi Smith, not content with dibbing into the public purse it seem she even had convicts on day release to paint her house

      The cheeky cow

      • 90
        Glossy finish says:

        Her house or her sister’s house?

      • 92
        jgm2 says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the convicts somehow submitted receipts for the painting work.

        The Smith household didn’t seem to miss a trick when it came to claiming on expenses.

      • 93
        AC1 says:

        It’s Smith that should be wearing shackles and painting.

        • 116
          MrAngry61 says:

          I wouldn’t trust her to sweep the floor, let alone paint a wall

        • 145
          Fish says:

          Radio 5 Live have just touched on this (to show that they are not biased (?) – but did so in a very pained and pefunctory way).

          Their conclusion? This is a nothing story, probably planted – dragged up by a rival radio station as a spoiler ’cause Smith, this week, has a show BBC local radio.

          The excuse Smith broadcast (which 5 Live played) was as laughable as her expenses excuses. She lacks any self perception and to coin a phrase ‘there is something of the night’ about the values that she displays.

          Do you think for one minute that they would have taken this line if it had been Cameron or another senior Tory who had done this?

          I think the BBC have given up any pretence of impartiality. They are now just taking the piss.

          • gyps africanus says:

            There must be an odd atmosphere there; TVC is a hollow shell pending sale/demolition, the move to Salford is being painstakingly staged with staff being dragged kicking and screaming ‘oop north’.

            Have the vultures scented carrion yet?

    • 114
      Crikey says:

      Quick, let Tom Watson know about this we all know how relentless he is when it comes to hacking!!!

  2. 2
    J Smith says:

    I know a couple of chaps who are jolly good with whitewash

    • 18
      Fat Jaq says:

      I’m really sorry, honest (smirk), for stealing over £100k. Yeah, thanks for that.

    • 124
      Big Dan says:

      Well maybe if you’d let hubby do a bit of glazing himself you wouldn’t have got into the mess you did.

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

    And before antone throws up the “But its not a dead child” line, I posted this yesterday.

    The hacking of any phone is ilegal, It matters not who that phone belongs to.

    All MUST be equal under the law.

    • 22
      antone says:

      mind reader.

    • 129
      Anonymous says:

      All cases of phone hacking are equal, it makes me sick when i hear Ed milliband use his special voice when he says things like “Millie Dowlers phone !” pass the bucket.

  4. 4
    Sick man. says:

    Nice photo of the blonde bird. Is there any chance of some proper shots of her? You know the sort I mean.

  5. 6
    Sir William Waad says:

    You would need quite a few litres to whitewash Sly Bailey.

  6. 8
    The Labour Party says:

    nothing to see here move along LOOK; IT’S ANDY COULSON…….

  7. 13
    As far as I can see says:

    That piece you keep going on about proves nuffin – You need to know the source and the circumstances.

    Obviously you don’t know, or don’t want to.

  8. 15
    The BBC says:

    Does Murdoch own Trinity Mirror? If not we’re not interested

  9. 17
    Steve Miliband says:

    Wonder what Part II contains

  10. 19
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am Ben 10! I’m going hero!

  11. 20

    2nd attempt at window lickers Petition:
    We the undersigned, being of fairly unsound minds and reasonably unable bodies, demand that the blog owner remove the P*E*A modding at one.

    rep*eat
    rep*eal
    P*eace
    P*eaceful
    P*eacekeeper
    Pe*ach
    Pe*anut
    P*eat

    Are not really words that require moderation.

    • 21
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Saw it on last thread.

      I fully support the aims of the petition :-)

    • 27
      WVM says:

      +1
      Signed.

      • 31
        President America says:

        I am Barack Obama and I support this message.

        • 51
          Gordon Brown says:

          I love you Obama beach.
          Did you get the flowers?
          Call me…call me..ok..
          I’m in all day…call anytime…soon?

          • Get tough says:

            I am Gordon Brown and I saved the world economy from ruins. Honest, no honest I really did. Sarah where are my bloody pills.

    • 34
      albacore says:

      How come “speaker” slips through?
      Just testin’.

    • 39

      What about Europ*ean?

      Great blog BTW.

      • 146
        Jerzy Buzek says:

        Myths and Rumours debunked

        Most of us rely on our national newspapers, television and radio news to find out about what is going on in the EU. Unfortunately, amongst the clear and informative reports lie a large number of stories based on twisted facts or even lies. The stories can make entertaining reading, but many people believe them and often come away with a picture of the EU as a bunch of mad ‘eurocrats’. This link takes some of those stories and sets the record straight – sadly, we cannot keep track of them all.

        http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/communication/take_part/myths_en.htm

    • 41
      albacore says:

      If my otiose comment at 1.14 pm ever basks in the light of Fawkes’ magnanimity, I apologise unreservedly to Bill and Ben for having doubted their wisdom.

  12. 23
    Pierced Organ says:

    I am a c*nt. End of.

  13. 24
    slу racoon says:

    That guy on the left has the look of someone who thinks he’s gods gift to women and goes round goosing all his female underlyings. Fucking cuпt, I hate him already.

  14. 26
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Jackie Smith makes a donation to a charity before or after she is found out using prisoners to redecorate her house?

    Would her accountant point out that the donation could be offset against income tax?

    She really is a shameless Hunt.

    • 42
      British Jobs for British Workers says:

      Its immaterial. The ‘donation’ was for something she should not have done. In any event, it was not a ‘donation’, it was a payment for services rendered.

      There are too many charities about using their bogus tax status and exploiting unpaid labour to compete unfairly against honest tradesmen and women. The sooner the laws on charites are reformed to stop these scams the better.

    • 48
      Steve Miliband says:

      Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has defended using day-release prisoners to paint her home, claiming they “didn’t have anything else on”.

      So you must be naked to paint Jacqui’s porno pad?

  15. 28

    Jacqui Explains Why She Had Inmates Paint Her House.

    • 107
      Get tough says:

      Because it was the right thing to do and anyway Gordon said it was alright as he had used the same crew to clean up his flat.

  16. 37
    What's up cock says:

    That’s it Guido – you grab ‘em by the short and curlies!

  17. 49
    b 345st of haRMONY says:

    All three of the above have one thing in common the are all how can I put this ?
    They share a racial profile that rhymes with news
    So who cares
    Bring on the typhus

  18. 50
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    are the BBC and Guardian running with this?

  19. 52
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Sly by name, sly by nature?

    These people are struggling to tell the truth. I don’t believe a word they say.

  20. 54
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Just listening to the BBC trying to defend their piss-poor Libya coverage compared to Sky’s on Radio 4′s Media show at the moment!

    Hilarious!

    • 59

      BBC say more people were watching BBC News than Sky.
      5 million rather than 260,000.

      Luckily BskyB bid is dead, so BBC can round up those pesky 1/4 million traitors at their leisure.

    • 61
      Infuriated of West Mids says:

      Oh, the BBC are getting an absolute pasting from the presenter! Do try and listen on i-player later if you can’t catch it now!

      • 69

        I have fallen out of love with the Beeb.
        So I’m biased.

        but there coverage was not a patch on Sky. Same during the riots. BBC reporting twitter crap..Blackheath is on fire..says unconfirmed source..now it isn’t says other unconfirmed source..oh, hang on..

        Yawn

    • 64
      Bollocks Broadcasting Corporation says:

      We cannot risk our star reporters. We like them to report on the action from luxury hotels paid for by the licence fee.

      • 121
        The BBC ....making the news for YOU to-day says:

        Sorry but all our star reporters are allocated to the “Story of the Century”…..Coulson …….. these criticisms of our coverage in Libya are nonsense as the story doesn’t even compare in importance to “Hackgate” and our only regret over the Libyan Events is that it pushed Coulson off our top spot otherwise we would have had continual coverage of it with endless lefty commentators and Tom Watson MP given prominent spots on all our news channels.

        We would also have been able to broadcast a “Newsnight Special” but regrettably we had to cover Libya instead

    • 65
      Nelson says:

      It’s delectable, isn’t it.

  21. 62
    Piers says:

    I would NEVER jump to the US just for more cash.

    “Compared with genuinely loyal United heroes like Giggs, Scholes and Neville, Beckham’s been a treacherous, money-grabbing, club-hopping, fame-hungry, egotistical little weasel who likes nothing better than making everything all about HIM.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-1257721/David-Beckhams-green-gold-Manchester-United-stunt-load-tosh–cause-truly-supports-himself.html#ixzz1VwwCmfhC

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-1257721/David-Beckhams-green-gold-Manchester-United-stunt-load-tosh–cause-truly-supports-himself.html

  22. 71
    John Gaunt says:

    Experience over the last decade has taught us that government ‘inquiries’ are anything but, with their foregone conclusions of ‘systemic error’ where no one in particular is to blame.

    Leveson’s extraordinary claim that it was ‘inevitable’ that members of the inquiry board should have some social connection with those being inquired into says it all.

    • 143
      Who knows what crackpot scheme will be divulged on the internet among the tinfoil hatters? says:

      Don’t forget the financial incentives for inquiries to ignore the evidence and the background intimidation which is inherent in situations where people might get found dead in fields.

  23. 73
    Darth Murdoch says:

    Here is something that may interest the rabid right wingers around here.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14646975

    “Some of France’s wealthiest people have called on the government to tackle its deficit by raising taxes – on the rich.

    Sixteen executives, including Europe’s richest woman, the L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, offered in an open letter to pay a “special contribution” in a spirit of “solidarity”.”

    Make those who caused the debt pay for it.
    What a crazy idea.

    • 74
      b 345st of haRMONY says:

      Because shes worth it?

    • 77
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Any rich person in France is a raving socialist.
      Any rich person who is french and have sense don’t live in france.

    • 79

      Could do it here.
      No law says you can’t give all your remaining untaxed wealth to HMRC if you wish.

      • 84
        As Sexier Furlong says:

        Didn’t Sir Alex Ferguson offer to give every single penny earned (and every single penny obtained) to Gordon Brown to help sort out the deficit?

    • 88
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Oh. and much as I hate L’oreal and their science that involves giving women free make up then asking them leading and vague questions about how they feel …. I can’t remember anyone blaming the global crisis on people spending too much money on cosmetics.

    • 96
      AC1 says:

      >Make those who caused the debt pay for it.

      Those on benefits have spent all the money already.

      On the smaller sum, practically no regular here supported Gordon’s bank bondholder bailout. I’m not sure Gordon’s got the money to repay the taxpayer.

    • 122
      MrAngry61 says:

      Didn’t Bettencourt give away billions to some photographer and Bernie Madoff? I’m surprised that she’s got much left to tax.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liliane_Bettencourt

  24. 75
    Jam Chutney says:
  25. 76
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Tom Watson and Ed Dowler Miliband can’t say the words Daily Mirror. Labour and openess do not go hand in hand, however political point scoring, denial and lying are just up their street.

  26. 82
    Georgeous George says:

    “If he watched porn films, I can argue with him about that. But if he makes a silly mistake on a claim form, and I am silly enough to sign it, that should not undermine everything he has contributed to my career and everything we have got together as a relationship.”

    From telegraph right

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8719318/Prison-inmates-paint-Jacqui-Smiths-home.html

    A Member of Parliament is responsible for every single item that goes on a claim form therefore it was her mistake that it was on the form.

    But what else would you expect of the woman who had parliament illegally searched?

    So how many of you expect Sly Bailey to get the same soft touch treatment?

  27. 83
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    : “Rumour that Saif Gaddfi is hiding in David Held’s office at the LSE probably untrue.”

    • 101
      annette curton says:

      Next, Megrahi the modern day Lazarus petitions the Scottish Parliament for his old cell back in Barlinny.

      • 103
        AC1 says:

        His life expectancy was based on National Death Service treatment.

        • 113
          annette curton says:

          Or based on the average life expectancy of Gordon Browns constituents, anything over 55 is a bonus.

      • 111
        nmj says:

        He was in Greenock jail, not the Bar-L. They do have some standards there, you know.

      • 162
        The inglish no fuck all about anything outwith a 20 mile radius of where they live says:

        Dear Ms Curtain I appreciate that living down in Lundon you may be unfamiliar with the correct spelling of Barlinnie But its a bit like us up here being unable to spell manchestr or livurpool or Birminghammm or sutton coal field …….

  28. 85
    • 126
      MrAngry61 says:

      Mr McIntyre’s lawyer Michael Oswald said the watchdog’s report, as yet unpublished, vindicated him.

      Believe it when I see it…

      • 161
        The jobs fucked says:

        How did his Lawyer get this leaked information ? Is this a sign of corruption ? Has there been a criminal offence committed by who ever leaked this ? Is mcIntyres Lawyer bringing his profession into disrepute by commenting publicly on a report which has not yet been been published ? Will MCIntyre been investgated for incitement to Riot ?

  29. 87
    The jobs fucked says:

    The emasculation and effeminisation of The Police continues with the lily livered Police complaints authority upholding Jody McIntyres complaint. Expect grovelling apologies from Police Placemen anxious to tow the Political line in lieu of their next promotion.

    • 127
      Anonymous says:

      Thicko.

    • 130
      English speaker says:

      Toe. Tow means something else.

      • 159
        An even more irritating pedant than English Speaker says:

        I have looked up a number of dictionaries and cannot find any which define “Tow” as “something else.” Are you sure?

    • 155
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Jody Clearly needs a team of special 50+ WPCs who could call him “love” and “brave” and offer him cushions.

      • 160
        The jobs fucked says:

        And help him up those stairs onto the roof of Millbank Tower, oh hold on he managed that himself !

  30. 89
    Home from home says:

    Crikey. Mad Dog’s compound now looks like the Tottenham riots.

  31. 95
    Moussa Koussa says:

    We now see that Cameron is not a fit a statesman, i think he should invite Gordon Brown into Goverment so his answers to the crisis can be used.

    • 97
      Steve Miliband says:

      As usual your comments make no sense.

    • 109
      Muammar says:

      I want to live in Scotchland. I hear that it is as barren as the desert. And women are are not respected. That is very good. And it is a very tribal country, riven by factional infighting. I Just know I’m going to fit right in.
      My people had lots of litle Scotchland flags, remember that?
      I still have a flag.
      Can I now join this bountiful socialist republic ?

      I can offer Mr Salmonhead $15 billion if he overlooks my somewhat chequered past.

      • 132
        sometimes just sometimes says:

        Surely 50p and a deep fried Mars bar should be enough in payment, also it appears Scotland isn’t in the EU, well when it comes to free uni places for the rest of the world, become a student costs born by others.

    • 152
      Labour-voters are as thick as shit says:

      “not a fit a statesman” is nonsensical.

      “i think”? Capital “I”, please.

      “Government” not “goverment”.

      You honestly think the snotgobbling retatard has any “answers” to “the crisis”? What “crisis” are you blathering about?

      • 171
        Jober as a Sudge says:

        Wossa ratatard wenits at home?

        En passant, me astropophe button aint werkin eiver

    • 167
      Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

      dumb ku nt Chocolate Moussa.

  32. 100
    Big Bruv is a gossip. says:

    This eves dropping of the voicemail is imho just the tip of the iceberg and it will suite many hacks, ex cops and curent cops to keep it that way.

    Private detective agencies was the prefered method of the press hacks, that way they had no direct link, and the agencies would/do subcontract to specialists. Far more technical stuff was employed than just listening to voicemail. Bugs, secret recording, computer Trojan Keyloggers, listening devices placed in roadside telephone junction boxes etc.

    The Police National computer is the honeypot of info but so is DVLA, as are NHS records, as are bank records, as are tax records, as are duty sergeants, as are duty hospital porters, as are 999 operators as are local government databases etc.

    Big brother may be watching and recording but he can be made to sing like a canary if the price is right.

  33. 102
    Former Labourlist Mod says:

    G`day peeps

  34. 104
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    http://bastardoldholborn.blogspot.com/2011/08/hard-facts.html

    Another class post by OH :-)

  35. 108
    Derron Brown says:

    Yup. The Mirror is up to its neck in hacking.

  36. 110
    simon r says:

    O/T

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2029178/Australian-MP-Craig-Thomson-used-official-credit-card-pay-prostitutes.html

    Socialists kicked out in Portugal, due to lose in Spain, kicked out of Egypt & Lybia, floundering in the UK and hopefully led to defeat by Obama Beach…soon to be down and out down under.

    • 131
      Anonymous says:

      But we are still stuck with the Camerrhoids.

      • 165
        Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

        Better than the theiving Ku nts at Liebour who would make up a dodgy dossier with their own shadows before starting illegal wars whilst hacking weapons inspectors and getting prisoners to paint their houses whilst sharing their coke with jounos from Liebour Tv and radio in salford!

        much prefer to those ku nts!

  37. 118
    Ed Miliband's jaffa brother says:

    I can’t think of anything funny to say other than I wish Colonel Gaddafi well in runing for Mayor of London.

  38. 133
    Jody's the comedy gift that keeps giving says:
  39. 134
    Sergei Brin says:

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/yard-fees-protest-probe-inadequate-123449097.html

    The police watchdog has ruled Scotland Yard inadequately investigated officers for using excessive force against a wheelchair-bound student fees protester, his solicitor has said.

    The force also faces criticism for failing to pass on Jody McIntyre’s case to the Crown Prosecution Service, added Michael Oswald of the law firm Bhatt Murphy.

    Here’s an idea. If you don’t want to get hit, don’t wheel yourself into the middle of a riot.

    Found this on the imnternet

    • 138
      jonathon ross says:

      Jody is a wheely stupid spacker

    • 144
      Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

      Al ja Beeba 5 Lies have been hailing Jody the hero…yet they failed to mention the fact that he is wanted for inciting the violence at the recent riots when people were murdered and lives destroyed!

      Will he get 4 years like the salford scum…..not to be confused with the BBC salford scum!

      what a Ku nt.

      Hope he drives off a large cliff in his chair!

      Or pushed…which ever is more efficient!

  40. 157
    Rt Hoon Tom Whatson MP Aothor PEN says:

    Why should I pee in the soup, when the Mirror is backing me to
    dump Ed and become PM…….

    Get real Guido . Take a holiday.

  41. 163
    Jimmy says:

    Wow! This is just like Scooby Doo. If it hadn’t been for you pesky kids….

  42. 164
    Sick of being followed about by Edinburgh Dogshite says:

    The sponging Celebs and the crappy Press deserve one another.

  43. 166
    Great Granddad says:

    Well done Guido. Keep at ‘em.

    No doubt Jacqui will have claimed back the ‘donation’ on expenses.

  44. 172
    Try Joy Minced says:

    I am trying to find the original “abiter aangereden door scootmobile!” to see how it compares to poor oppressed Jody Mcintyres disgraceful treatment by you disablist swine!

    • 173
      Inject My Dory says:

      12 seconds and on youtube. Other version takes ages and does nothing.Sort of like a labor government?

  45. 176
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Can’t wait for part 2! :)


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