Face-for-radio Chris Cook is leaving the Pink’un to become policy editor at Newsnight. Regular readers will remember Chris from his fair and balanced reporting of a certain Pearson-owned exam board, as well his long, long, long vendetta against Michael Gove, after working for his predecessor in the Tory education brief David Willetts. Seriously though, Guido and Chris settled differences over many beers not long ago in some trendy media hangout we both happened to be in. He wishes him the best of luck. The ‘semi-Tory’ is jumping just as the FT flirts with switching back to Labour…
Mark Lewis, the phone hacking lawyer leading the fight against the Mirror, is off to sunny LA:
In perhaps one of the worst kept secrets, I will be leaving the UK on Friday to take up permanent residence in Los Angeles.
I will still be pursuing those cases in the UK and will undoubtedly be back in London on a regular basis re NGN and MGN. I do have cases that will be pursued in the USA.
I will still be available on this email address and my English mobile number. I will forward my US cell phone details next week.
Thank you all for your contacts over the years.
Taylor Hampton Solicitors Limited
Can anyone think of any New York/LA based former tabloid editors who might not appreciate the new arrival on their home-ground?
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Following Alan Rusbridger’s mealy mouthed letter, Julian Smith and Stephen Phillips QC have asked him to deny in unambiguous terms sending the names of British spooks abroad:
“You have also been exceptionally careful in your response to the concerns raised by us and other colleagues as to the issue of the communication of the identities, or information which might reveal the identities, of intelligence personnel. Specifically, the inference from the contents of your letter – and you nowhere deny this – is that the files stolen by Mr Snowden have been sent by you overseas, to others over whom you have no control. Can you please now confirm, in clear and unambiguous terms, whether you or (to the best of your information and belief) anyone at The Guardian has directed, permitted, facilitated or acquiesced in the transfer of the files, unredacted by you, which you have obtained from Mr Snowden to any person in the United States or elsewhere.”
Which is going to be a tough one to answer, to say the least…
Wednesday’s letter from 28 MPs to Alan Rusbridger specifically asked him to come clean about any identifying details of any member of the British intelligence services that have been distributed abroad. Something the Guardian has denied doing previously, but is now being oddly vague about. Guido has seen Rusbridger’s response, it is worth taking a look at the very careful language he uses:
“On the issue of staff names, you will be aware that over 850,000 people worldwide have access to not only the Snowden documents but to a whole range of information on GCHQ. Neither we nor any of our journalistic partners have published the identities of any personnel from the intelligence community, a point accepted and welcomed by the relevant agencies.”
All but confirming that names were sent abroad. Interesting how he denies ever having published the names. That wasn’t quite what they were asking, was it?
Indy editor Amol Rajan will have come down from last night’s celebrations by now, his stylish redesign of the paper has been well-received almost universally this morning. With all eyes on the new look, the subs forgot to take out an unfortunate comment at the end of this sport piece:
Trinity Mirror have had their attempt to stop civil action by Sven Goran Eriksson and three others relating to hacking thrown out. The High Court has ruled that the four civil cases can go ahead. Mirror Group tried to have the evidence dismissed but their application was rejected by the judge. Sven will argue the Mirror broke his affair with Ulrika affair after hacking her voicemail. As Piers once lied:
“I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.”