Piers Morgan Phone Hacking

December 20, 2011 by staff 

Piers Morgan Phone HackingPiers Morgan Phone Hacking, Piers Morgan, the former British newspaper editor who now hosts a CNN show, tenaciously defended himself Tuesday from accusations that he knew more about phone hacking than he has admitted in the past.

Morgan was testifying at a government-backed probe into British press ethics and behavior, prompted by public fury at the hacking of the voice mail of a murdered 13-year-old girl by the News of the World tabloid.

Robert Jay, the top lawyer for the Leveson Inquiry, repeatedly tried to use Morgan’s own words against him, citing his books and interviews in print and on the radio.

But Morgan, at times clipped and at times testy, deflected line after line of inquiry, saying the quotes did not mean what Jay implied they did.

Morgan said he did not believe phone hacking had taken place when he was editor of the tabloid Daily Mirror, prompting Jay to follow up: “You don’t believe so or you are sure?”

“I don’t believe so,” Morgan responded by video link.

Jay pressed Morgan particularly hard about a story based on a voice message Paul McCartney left for his then-wife Heather Mills, trying to make up after a quarrel and singing to her.

Morgan refused to say who played the message for him or where, but admitted under sustained questioning that he believed it was a voice mail.

“Did you know that was unethical?” Robert Jay demanded.

“Not unethical, no. It doesn’t necessarily follow that it was unethical,” Morgan said.

Brian Leveson, the judge leading the inquiry, threatened to call Mills as a witness to get to the bottom of the incident, prompting Morgan to insist he would not “go down a trail that will lead to the identification of a source.”

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