The high court has ordered Glenn Mulcaire – the private investigator jailed in 2007 for phone-hacking – to disclose who instructed him to engage in the illegal interception of voicemail messages.
Mulcaire admitted being guilty of tapping into the phones of eight public figures and, according to the Guardian, was employed by the News of the World at the time.
The paper said he was assisting a “rogue” journalist; then-editor Andy Coulson, now communications head at Downing Street, and Ian Edmondson, who was news editor, deny having had any knowledge of the practice.
But former of NoW journalists have come forward to reject that verdict in recent weeks and the case has been reopened.
Now high court judge Mr Justice Mann has told Mulcaire he must answer questions about who instructed him to hack into the mobile phones of the celebrity publicist Max Clifford and his assistant, Nicola Phillips.
Scotland Yard has also been ordered to disclose documents taken from a raid on Mulcaire’s home. The Guardian believes they hold information regarding the identity of a senior journalist who had ordered the hacking. (Source: MediaGuardian)