Steve Whittamore

How News of the World journalists broke the law

The Guardian, July 9 2009
Background detail for the opening news story

When the high court last summer ordered the News of the World to pay damages to Max Mosley for secretly filming him with prostitutes, the paper was furious. In an angry leader column, it insisted that public figures must maintain standards. "It is not for the powerful and the influential to run to the courts to gag newspapers from publishing stories that are TRUE," it said. "This is all about the...

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Naming the victims of media spying

The Guardian, August 30 2009

The Guardian today reveals the identities of scores of public figures whose confidential details were extracted from supposedly secure databases by a network of private investigators working for news organisations.

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How the media broke into confidential databases

The Guardian, August 30 2009

From his cramped office at the back of his family home on a quiet street in New Milton on the Hampshire coast, Steve Whittamore worked for years as the link between news organisations and a network of sources who could penetrate the security of confidential databases.

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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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'Coulson knew about the hacking', claim his former staff

The Guardian, September 8 2010

A former senior News of the World journalist today goes public to corroborate claims that phone-hacking and other illegal reporting techniques were rife at the tabloid while the prime minister's media adviser, Andy Coulson, was deputy editor and then editor of the paper.

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News of the World hacked missing girl's phone

The Guardian, July 4 2011
with Amelia Hill

The News of the World illegally targeted the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler and her family in March 2002, interfering with police inquiries into her disappearance, an investigation by the Guardian has established.

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Rebekah Brooks - the evidence

The Guardian, July 4 2011

The disclosure that Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked brings Scotland Yard one step closer to the chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks.

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