Did Scotland Yard Sidestep Hackergate Scandal?
Charges that London's Metropolitan Police -- Scotland Yard -- refrained from launching a thorough investigation into complaints that reporters of the Sunday tabloid News of the World were listening to the voicemail of celebrities and politicians appeared to receive new credence Wednesday as it was revealed that the names of two senior staff members and the chief reporter of the paper appear in records of the phone hacking kept by the private detective who was convicted of carrying it out. One of the three, Ian Edmondson, an assistant editor of the paper, was suspended last month when it was disclosed that his name had appeared on documents related to the hacking of actress Sienna Miller's mobile phone. Since the scandal was revived by an article in the New York Times last September, charges have been flying that Scotland Yard had shied away from investigating the matter in order to avoid conflict with Rupert Murdoch's powerful newspapers, one of which is the News of the World. The London Independent reported today (Thursday) that none of the three men named in lawsuits filed by victims of the alleged hacking was ever interviewed by police.