Rupert Murdoch’s employees are on the run. Some have been arrested over the phone-hacking scandal. CNN is already ducking speculation about Piers. They may need a new host for Larry Kings show before much longer.
Piers Morgan is a former editor of the News of the World and then the Daily Mirror. He’s spent most of his career in the Tabloid world. A long time A-hole buddy of Rupert Murdoch’s. Really a protege of his?
IIRC, I read in Slate that while most of the American cell phone service providers either force you to change the default PIN or at least give you a bunch of warnings about how you should do so, in the UK this isn’t (or wasn’t) the case and many people never change(d) their default password.
Piers quote is from a book published a few years ago. The quote shows that he knew how to hack into cell phones voice mail by using the default PIN. Did one of his reporters tell him when he was the editor? Did he know his reporters were hacking phones to get story tips?
It’s not proof that he did anything criminal. But, he is someone that needs to be questioned.
Most of the people arrested were editors or assistant editors, They are the bosses telling the reporters what to do. Piers held the same job up until a few years ago. The cops want to squeeze these people and find out who did what.
No doubt Piers knows where all the bodies are buried. He could certainly reveal a lot of secrets if he wanted.
Reporting has been dirty a long, long time. Buying info from the cops, using private detectives etc isn’t anything new. The ethical and legal boundaries are often fuzzy. Clearly, hacking phones is way over any legal line.
I wonder if Piers is safe from prosecution? He was editor for Murdoch way back in the mid 1990’s. I’m not sure when he left the tabloid world entirely.