Well – I knew there were some pretty dodgy operations going on at News International but I didn’t think the payments to the police and other organisations were as extensive as they apparently are.
In the past I was hearing rumours of hacking, dodgy payments and off course, sexual harrassment at the Sun but I was only able to prove the latter. When I look back at it now it is worrying that other people must have heard rumours too but again if they couldn’t prove them you were in difficulty.
The main failing must fall on the senior management and the owner. They would have pursued anyone else in authority to resign on half the evidence now coming to light. A newspaper, the News of the World has been closed – wrongly in my view. It was the management that should have fallen on their swords – the newspaper could have lived on.
There is more to come out on this. I have given written evidence to Leveson but I cannot publish it until the inquiry has decided if it wants to call me for oral evidence and I won’t know this for some time yet.