Hacking Trial: Journalist Alleges ‘Conspiracy’ Existed at Murdoch-Owned Tabloid

Hacking Trial: Journalist Alleges 'Conspiracy' Existed

Dan Evans, above, gives evidence at phone-hacking trial in London

LONDON — Dan Evans, a former journalist at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, alleged in court Wednesday that knowledge of phone-hacking was widespread at the tabloid, and that a “very wide conspiracy” existed.

Evans was speaking as a witness at the trial of several former employees of News Corp’s U.K. newspaper division.

When asked about how many people at the News of the World knew about the use of phone hacking by the paper, Evans claimed it was discussed at daily editorial meetings, although he didn’t attend those meetings himself.

“As far as I was concerned it was so widely known, and so extensively, there was a very wide conspiracy within the organization,” he said.

Timothy Langdale, a lawyer representing one of the accused, Andy Coulson, the paper’s former editor and Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief, claimed that Evans was only making his allegations as part of a deal with police to avoid prosecution.

“You were ready to do just about anything to get … immunity,” Langdale said to him.

When asked why he had previously lied about his involvement in phone hacking, Evans said: “I was toeing the line, the party line, the company line.”

He added: “I was a very frightened man at the time. I was one person caught between the prime minister, caught between the tabloid world, caught between highly paid lawyers. I didn’t know what to do. I’m very sorry for lying at the time.”

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  1. Doug Dingle says:

    It really is tremendous fun to see hubris in action and the once-mighty squirming. Those on trial need to go to prison for a very, very long time.

    It’s too bad that Rupert isn’t in the dock as well – there is no way he didn’t know of and approve all this illegal activity.

  2. Abby Gilmore says:

    I reread an old moldy that said friends competing for Cameron’s ear warned him these hacks would come back to bite him. But did they mean tabloid hackers or GCHQ’s deals with telecoms? With friends as well connected as Cameron’s, they would have known.

    Anyone figured out who stepped on that BlackBerry, yet? Major compression headache.

  3. Doug Dingle says:

    What does this have to do with the article?

    You may need to up your meds – your grasp of reality seems tenuous.

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