A UK parliamentary committee has published a letter from Surrey police about the investigation into the disappearance and murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler. The letter is presented as evidence in the committee’s investigation into phone hacking and attempts to establish a timeline of conversations between the Surrey police and News Of The World reporters. The document demonstrates how reporters interfered with police progress on the missing persons case back in 2002 by misrepresenting themselves and making dodgy claims in the pursuit of a story. The letter further shows that reporters revealed knowledge of messages on the girl’s phone. However, the report stops short of elucidating the question of whether messages on her phone were deleted by the journalists, saying that’s still being investigted by the Metropolitan police. “When and the extent to which Milly’s mobile phone voicemail was unlawfully accessed (and whether any messages were deleted) are matters which form part of the MPS’s ongoing investigation.” In separate but related news, Rupert Murdoch tweeted the following this morning: “No excuses for phone hacking. No argument. No excuses either for copyright stealing, but plenty of ignorant argument!”
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