Jonathan Rees

Coulson used four private investigators who broke the law

The Guardian, February 24 2010
Breaking the story of Jonathan Rees' work for the NoW without being able to name him

David Cameron's communications director, Andy Coulson, will today come under fresh pressure to defend his editorship of the News of the World and his knowledge about the illegal activities of his journalists amid new allegations about the paper's involvement with private detectives who broke the law.

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The strange case of Mr A and the editor who saw nothing

The Guardian, February 24 2010

When David Cameron's media adviser, Andy Coulson, was asked last July about his experience as a journalist with the various forms of illegal activity which are said to have occurred in Fleet Street's newsrooms, he answered clearly: "I have never had any involvement in it at all."

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Coulson hired convicted investigator

The Guardian, March 11 2011

A man cleared of murder yesterday can now be named as a private investigator with links to corrupt police officers who earned £150,000 a year from the News of the World for supplying illegally obtained information on people in the public eye.

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Jonathan Rees' empire of corruption

The Guardian, March 11 2011

The money came pouring in. Jonathan Rees worked from a dingy office in south London. He lived in a cramped flat upstairs. He was divorced, overweight and foul-mouthed but his business was golden: he traded information. His sources may have been corrupt. His actions may have been illegal. But the money came pouring in - from one golden source in particular. As Rees himself put it: "No one pays like...

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Sixth NoW journalist named in hacking scandal

The Guardian, March 13 2011

The phone-hacking scandal is set to reach a new peak of embarrassment for the News of the World and for Scotland Yard tonight with the naming of the sixth and most senior journalist yet to be implicated in illegal news-gathering at the paper.

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The NoW's merchant of secrets

The Guardian, June 8 2011

Years ago, Jonathan Rees became a freemason. According to journalists and investigators who worked with him, he then exploited his link with the lodges to meet masonic police officers who illegally sold him information which he peddled to Fleet Street.

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Targets of the hacking - Tony Blair, Kate Middleton and more

The Guardian, June 8 2011

Pressure is building on the Metropolitan Police to expand their phone-hacking inquiry to include a notorious private investigator who is believed to have targeted numerous public figures including Tony Blair when he was Prime Minister and Kate Middleton when she was Prince William's girlfriend.

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Police "warned Rebekah Brooks of crime and corruption in her paper" - in 2002

The Guardian, July 6 2011

As editor of the News of the World Rebekah Brooks was personally confronted with evidence that her paper's resources had been used on behalf of two murder suspects to spy on the senior detective who was investigating their alleged crime.

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Did this man hack emails for the News of the World?

The Guardian, February 20 2012
with Vikram Dodd

A man at the centre of allegations that computers were hacked for the News of the World has been convicted of conspiring to illegally access private information for profit.

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