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By Nick Davies

At first, it appeared like a small tale. The royal editor of the News of the World used to be stuck hearing the voicemail messages of employees at Buckingham Palace. He and a personal investigator have been jailed, and the case used to be closed. yet Nick Davies, targeted correspondent for The Guardian, knew that it didn’t upload up. He started to examine, and ended up exposing a global of crime and cover-up, of worry and favor—the lengthy shadow of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

Hack Attack is the spell binding tale of ways Davies and a small team of legal professionals and politicians took on the most strong males within the world—and beat him. It exposes the internal workings of the ruthless laptop that was once the News of the World, and of the non-public investigators who hacked telephones, listened to dwell calls, despatched malicious program emails, bribed the police, and dedicated burglaries to dig up tabloid scoops. in particular, it's a research of the non-public lives of the facility elite. It paints an intimate portrait of the social network that gave Murdoch privileged entry to govt, and allowed him and his lieutenants to intimidate somebody who stood as much as them.

Spanning the process the research from Davies’s touch along with his first resource in early 2008 to the answer of the felony trial in June 2014, this can be the definitive list of 1 of the key scandals of our time, written by way of the journalist who was once there each step of ways.

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Over time, I looked for anybody who had ever had any kind of job at the News of the World, anybody who had ever had any kind of connection to the top of Scotland Yard. I found a second source who had had some access to the material gathered by police in the original inquiry. He echoed the estimate of the number of victims which I had been given by the senior Yard figure at the media function: ‘Two or three thousand,’ he suggested. I went back and looked more closely at the official version of events.

What did Coulson know? What did Les Hinton or even Murdoch know? * * * The key to the door was Gordon Taylor’s legal action. By the summer of 2008, Apollo was telling me that it was not just the police who had been ordered to hand over material. Mark Lewis and his barrister, Jeremy Reed, had also persuaded the judge that the Information Commissioner’s Office must part with some treasure. So, while the police had been told to disclose any relevant material they had seized from Glenn Mulcaire, the ICO had been instructed to disclose the entire record of every job which Steve Whittamore and his network had performed for the News of the World – a big chunk of the material which I had glimpsed but conspicuously failed to obtain when I was researching Flat Earth News.

Both of them ended up in prison, but it was no big deal. The crime they had committed was minor. Their jail sentences were short. The only eye-catching thing about it at the time was that their crime was quite quirky: they had discovered that they could access other people’s voicemail messages and had spent months eavesdropping on three staff at Buckingham Palace. Even so, it was a small story, dead and gone from the public eye within a few days. And yet, I ended up spending more than six years of my working life trying to unravel the bundle of corruption which lay hidden in the background.

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