Motorman files 'as big as phone hacking scandal'
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Tuesday 13 March 2012
Lord Justice Leveson yesterday agreed to consider releasing files that detail how illegal news-gathering techniques were used across Fleet Street.
The judge said that he would hear arguments for the publication of data gathered by Operation Motorman, the 2003 investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which uncovered how a private investigator, Steve Whittamore, obtained personal information on thousands of individuals.
Campaigners believe that because Whittamore worked for nearly every national newspaper and accessed a wide array of illegal or confidential information, the Motorman files are potentially as significant as the phone-hacking scandal, which has thus far been restricted to the defunct News of the World.
The Hacked Off campaign wrote to Lord Justice Leveson yesterday asking for the files, which have been seen by his inquiry team, to be released in a redacted form to anonymise victims but reveal the identities of the 305 journalists known to have commissioned Whittamore.
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