Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MP accuses Piers Morgan of hacking

Former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan has been drawn into the ongoing hacking scandal, after an MP at the select committee hearing accused him of "boasting" about hacking phones while he was editor of the Daily Mail.

MP Louise Mensch made the comments in the select committee hearing which cross-examined media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James and former News of the World editor Rebekan Brooks over allegations of years of voicemail hacking.

Mensch said that Morgan had boasted about using a 'little trick' to win a scoop of the year award.

"That is a former editor of the Daily Mirror being very open about his personal use of phone hacking," she said in the hearing.

Blogs had previously suggested that Morgan could be the first American journalist to be embroiled in the scandal. Morgan was editor of News of the World prior to Andy Coulson.

Coulson has since been arrested, along with several other journalists and editors suspected to have played a part in the phone hacking scandal that is sweeping Murdoch's British interests.

In Morgan's 2005 book, The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade, he makes a brief reference to the practice of hacking, but only to say that he has learnt it is possible, and he is changing his phone's voicemail code.

Mensch was interviewed about the claim by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, only to say that her comments in the committee were protected by parliamentary privilege, and that she was unwilling to repeat the claim outside of the select committee.

Morgan then dialled into the show and accused Mensch of inaccuracy.

"I'm amused by her cowardice in refusing to repeat that allegation now that she's not in parliament covered by privilege," Morgan said during the on-air exchange.

Mensch refused to respond to Morgan's request.

The Daily Mirror is not owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International.

Source: ONE News

Libyan insurgent fighters speed towards a vital oil locale of Brega during a checkpoint, a little twenty kilometers west from a rebel-held Ajdabiya, Libya, Jul 19, 2011

France says it is probable which Libya’s predicament could be resolved by a devise which would concede embattled personality Moammar Gadhafi to sojourn in a nation if he gives up power.

Foreign Minister Alain Juppe done a comments to LCI radio upon Wednesday, after President Nicolas Sarkozy met with dual members of Libya’s antithesis Transitional National Council, TNC, in Paris.

Juppe pronounced a single of a options which could be deliberate would concede Gadhafi to stay in Libya if he stairs out of Libyan politics. However, a personality of Libya for a past 4 decades has settled formerly he has no skeleton to renounce or leave.

France was a initial nation to strictly commend a TNC as a bona fide deputy of a Libyan people. Last week, some-more than thirty nations voiced their support.

Rebel push

Meanwhile, Libyan rebels go upon their pull to benefit carry out of a eastern oil pier of Brega. Rebels contend patriot infantry in trucks sheltered with insurgent flags shelled their positions upon Tuesday, murdering 8 rebels as well as wounding dozens more.

Also, Libyan state radio pronounced Wednesday which NATO forces have been bombing targets in a horse opera locale of Zlitan.

In a Tuesday audio address, Gadhafi vowed again which he will not crawl to NATO vigour or a fighting back opposite him.

Separately, Russian headlines agencies contend Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will encounter with his Libyan supervision counterpart, Abdelati Obeidi, in Moscow upon Wednesday.

Russia has been heavily concerned in attempts to intercede in between a rebels – who carry out most of eastern Libya – as well as Gadhafi’s middle circle.

Some inform for this inform was supposing by AP as well as Reuters.

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