An archive of millions of emails, some of which could contain potentially damaging information regarding the phone hacking case, has been discovered by the News of the World – which previously claimed the archived data was lost.
The emails could show solid evidence of some of the paper’s senior staff’s involvement in the alleged use of illegal phone hacking to obtain information. Andy Coulson, former editor and who recently left his role at 10 Downing Street, has been implicated in the case, but has denied any knowledge of the illegal practices taking place in his newsroom.
Also denying any involvement are three of the paper’s former news editors: Ian Edmonson, Greg Miskiw and Neville Thurlbeck.
The emails have only come to light after a number of celebrity figures have taken the paper to court, which has led to questions over the Metropolitan Police’s first investigation in 2007, which convicted only two people: former royal editor Clive Goodman, and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. At the time, no other reporters or staff were questioned in relation to the case.
The paper’s lawyers apologised to the court for claiming the archived material was unobtainable, and has now been told to hand over thousands of emails to the prosecution lawyers of alleged victims.