Show Us the Files

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It seems the Hacked Off lot are trying a new tactic in their campaign this morning, and this time they are on the money. They’re calling for the 17,000 dodgy invoices from over 300 journalists in the Operation Motorman Files to be released to the public. As the graph above shows, this was a Fleet Street-wide problem. Hacked Off chief Brian Cathcart is right to say:

“It names journalists who commissioned thousands of actions which they must or should have known were, on the face of it, illegal. It records dates and payments for these transactions. It identifies the members of the public who were targets of this activity – thousands of them, although only a handful have been told it happened. This secret has been secret too long, and the prevailing situation at the inquiry, of nudge-nudge-wink-wink exclusive knowledge, cannot be justified legally or morally. The only beneficiaries are journalists who have done wrong and their employers, and a public inquiry into press conduct has no business covering up wrongdoing by journalists.”

It sounds to Guido like Hacked Off are very familiar with the contents of the files. They could always leak them? Wink wink…


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