Have you heard the suggestion for a recorded message for your’phone? It’s doing the rounds: “I’m not available to answer my phone just now. Please leave a message and the News of the World will get back to you.”
Of course the revelation that an investigator working for the press hacked into missing Milly Dowler’s phone is outrageous. The sordid business of illegality on behalf of the tabloids is shocking. But for me personally, as the senior police press officer in Derry for many years, the notion that even a few English officers may have accepted bribes for information is even worse.
I can honestly say when I was working with the press the notion of officers accepting cash for information was never even suspected. It would have been utterly disloyal and criminal bribery of a grave variety. In general we had a policy of maximum openness with the media consistent with legitimate investigative constraints.
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