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Sun Reprots On Guardian Writer David Leigh’s Phone Hacking But Overlooks Shafting Legal Charlotte Church

SOME news indeed that Guardian journalist David Leigh – the paper’s investigations editor – had told the Leveson inquiry into media standards of the “voyeuristic thrill” from listening to a hacked phone message.

As he once wrote:

“I too once listened to the mobile phone messages of a corrupt arms company executive, the crime similar to that for which Goodman [News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2006 for phone hacking] Goodman now faces the prospect of jail. The trick was a simple one: The businessman in question had inadvertently left his pin code on a print-out and all that was needed was to dial straight into his voicemail. There is certainly a voyeuristic thrill in hearing another person’s private messages.

“But, unlike Goodman, I was not interested in witless tittle-tattle about the royal family. I was looking for evidence of bribery and corruption.”

How great it must be to always be a goody. One wonders what Leigh would say if a hacked Royal phone divulged details of an arms deals steeped in corruption? Are the Royal Family and their dealings less worthy of hacking?

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Posted: 8th, December 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment