March 19th, 2013

Who Is the Hacking Supergrass?

Rumours have been flying around this week over the “hacking supergrass” reportedly involved in the Mirror arrests and news that the Screws might have hacked another 600 phones. Neil Wallis, who was arrested along with camera-friendly Dan Evans in the summer of 2011 before the CPS dropped the case, denies that it’s him:

“One of very few things that have hurt is an appalling lie that has floated around Fleet Street. Apparently it surfaced in Private Eye – that police/CPS only decided on No Further Action in my case because I had “helped with their inquiries” into colleagues. That could not – literally, physically – be further from the truth. As any crime reporter who still has a police contact talking to them can find out after 30 years, I’m inured to bitchiness of Fleet Street, but that’s a lie that’s beyond the pale.”

So it isn’t the Wolfman. The suspect would have to have knowledge of both the Sunday Mirror and the News of the World features desk…


75 Comments

  1. 1
    Jimmy says:

    I think Lassie’s trying to tell us something.

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    • 4
      Andy C says:

      Snot Me.

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      • 5
        Rebekah B says:

        Nor me. I go Hacking with Dave at the weekends.

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        • 10
          Anonymous says:

          Who cares who is the super grass.

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          • Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

            Glenn Mulcaire would be an interesting supergrass – worked with all of the main suspects, has volumninous notebooks that he can help decipher, and, of course, could probably use having a few extra offences taken into consideration.

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        • 13
          Tony Blair (godfather to one of Murdoch's kids, and filmed kissing Rebekah) says:

          But Rebekah – you used to kiss ME!

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          • Sir Lesbian Patterson says:

            What’s that, Skippy? Young Jimmy Murdoch has fallen down a well, and now he can’t remember talking to anyone during the hacking years?
            Struth!

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          • Anonymous says:

            It’s not her… She never work at the Mirror to know details of what it was going on there…

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    • 9
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Your comment reminds me of the film ‘wag the dog’.

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    • 28
      Anonymous says:

      The logic is inescapable. Someone with knowledge of various news desks, with the moral sensibility of Judas Iscariot and who would benefit from distracting attention from Murdoch. Step forward Guido, Supergrass.

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    • 55
      Broadsword, why don't you call any more says:

      I bet it’s yon Mr Forkes – he’s always trying to cause trouble.

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  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    PIERS MORGAN!

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  3. 3
    Oy Vey says:

    I vote Morgan, he’s easily enough of a snake

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  4. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Hang on a minute. You’re not willing to catch a bunch of criminals? Why not?

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    • 27
      Oyster card says:

      Yes, it is an interesting question. Is it not every citizen’s duty to report crimes?

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      • 48
        Stephen Hawking says:

        I think re-arranging the words “Voting, Christmas, For, Turkeys” will adequately answer that.

        13 years of the LieBore party enacting more laws than the previous 50 years put together, with the express purpose of criminalising the entire population.
        Proof? Keeping DNA on ANYONE arrested, innocent or guilty, in perpetuity – only defeated by the Human Rights Act, ironically.

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  5. 7
    Jon Snow knows says:

    I’m still Desperate to find out!

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  6. 8
    The public says:

    This is becoming very, very, very, very boring.

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  7. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Jeremy Clarkson?

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  8. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Having listened to Mr Wallis (and he’s been hard to miss lets face it (why is that – any takers?)) it wouldn’t surprise me.

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  9. 13
    Gordon Brown says:

    I made a pooh stick with my finger.

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  10. 19
    The Stafford Hospital Victims says:

    Andy Burnham, Alan Johnson. WE HAVE NOT GONE AWAY. WE ARE ON YOUR CASE. YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH IT.

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    • 29
      Almondia says:

      No,Itts game over. There is no free press any more. News of murders organised and condoned by cabinet minusers will no longer be tolerated in this country.

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    • 56
      Vin Scable says:

      I was not aware of any problems relating to hospitals in Staffordshire.

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      • 58
        Andy Burnham and previous Labour health ministers says:

        We’re hiding away until the Ministry of Truth is established,then no one will be able to report the story again.

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  11. 20
    Steve Miliband says:

    Lemsip Optik on Jeremy Vinyl – dear God

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  12. 21
    Maqboul says:

    He would say that, wouldn’t he?

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  13. 25
    long John Silver's parrot says:

    Is this really important ?

    All I know for sure is that some idiot at the BBC has lost us all a cool 80 million pounds selling some planet I have never even heard of .

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  14. 31
    egghead says:

    it is katie price,shes gone loco!

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  15. 32
    Moussa Koussa Mark 7 says:

    Poor old neo nut f*uckwits all in a tizzy

    It is YOUR man Dave who is to blame.,,,and it is YOU who got him the job in the first place

    Guido and his neo nut breathin scrambling about in the dirt regarding Hacked off…all after the horse as already bolted….LOL

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    • 54
      Mr. Pont-Completely says:

      If your form teacher sees you texting during lunch, you’ll be in the exclusion zone again, Mousey, now get back to class, AND DON’T RUN IN THE CORRIDORS!

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  16. 34
    Russian Oligarch says:

    It’s me Guido

    They have promised me a British passport and no jail time if I grass on all those shots on Fleet Street

    Mind you my minnions had to hack a few computers and telephones to get the information, but in Russia that was standard operating procedure

    And I hired some of those “Private Investigators” who are now unemployed because Murdoch is going down…amazing what PI can find out….they can even listen to conversations from across the street..Did you know that?

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    • 35
      Russian Oligarch says:

      Correction

      My Russian is rusty now

      That should read “ll those shyts on Fleet Street”

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  17. 36
    Casual Observer says:

    Finding the source of the rumor would be a smart move, and someone following up on his confirmation suggestion.

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  18. 42
    Josef Goebbels says:

    “Think of the Press as a great keyboard on which the Goverment can play.”

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  19. 44
    Huge Rant says:

    I said “kneel”, not “Neil”.

    Yes, that’s $40 in my pocket, and I *am* pleased to see you.

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  20. 45
    Huge Pedant says:

    What does “physically” far from the truth mean, Mr illiterate professional writer.

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  21. 46
    Piers Morgan's fingers says:

    Hahaha, It was me! Andy Coulson fingered me and I fingered him. But that’s another story, not on voicemail..

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  22. 49
    Anonymous says:

    I reckon Piers Morgan :P

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  23. 51
    Testarossa says:

    Morgan is in the States. Maybe it’s Coulson. He has been fingered by the law and unemployable at the moment.

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  24. 53
    Bruce (not at home, but out back) says:

    What’s that Skippy? Somebody is telling porkies … ? Strewth.

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  25. 57

    Should get interesting, Journos having goes at one another. Finger pointing, name dropping all a bit of a hucking shame innit!!

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  26. 63
    Anonymous says:

    .. So would this be a story that Private Eye has been following up that Guido hasn’t been then ?

    Makes a change from the usual childish dig at them.

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  27. 67
    Anonymous says:

    Enjoyed your little dig at the Indie on TWAO today.

    Disappointed, but not surprised, that listeners were not informed that you take the diggers 30 pieces.

    Just for balance.

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  28. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Well if it’s not Wallis, then it must be the other chap you mention. Just saying…

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  29. 73
    ex Yard 'tec says:

    If the Yard don’t ask for a certain TV presenters extradition, or if that person isn’t arrested the day that person steps foot on UK soil . . .

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  30. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Why is this supposed source – whomever they are – being branded a ‘supergrass’? It’s a perjorative term if ever there was one, usually reserved for hard-nosed gangster types. Surely, if the context is exposing an alleged culture of white-collar criminality in a workplace, ‘whistleblower’ would be more apt. Strongly suggests the liberal Press is intent on hanging some poor sod out to dry, when an alternative – especially coming from the Grauniad or the Indie, which are setting the tone here – might be to laud a rare piece of moral fortitude at last emerging from their own grimy industry. One could say it shows the real motivation behind their quest for the ‘truth’ on this one; the only ‘truth’ they’re really interested in is their own.

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