Why have a transparent functioning CSA Inquiry with accountability & prosecutions when you can keep everything in a vault & profit long term?
Whenever anyone calls for
#iicsa inquiry to be closed down, I automatically ask what are they hiding or who are they protecting.
The Sun, (owned by Rupert Murdoch) are somewhat suspiciously, calling for an end to the inquiry into historic child sex abuse…
…soon after Theresa May met privately with Rupert Murdoch…
It’s absolutely astonishing that no major news orgainstation, including the BBC, has asked the PM about her recent meeting with Murdoch.
How Much Did Rebekah Brooks know about the Daniel Morgan Murder
We can all make mistakes.
In my last piece I erroneously said there was only one mention of the Daniel Morgan murder in the News of the World. In 1989, soon after the CPS dropped charges against him in a second murder investigation, the Sunday tabloid published an interview with Jonathan Rees, Daniel’s former partner.
The interviewer, News of the World’s crime editor Alex Marunchak, failed to mention that he had by then formed a successful business relationship with Rees and his private detective agency, Southern Investigations.
Fast forward eleven years, and there’s one more mention of Daniel on April 16 2000 .
Daniel is named as the second alleged victim of the infamous gangster Kenneth Noye. The first victim is Daniel’s friend DC Alan ‘Taffy’ Holmes who was found dead with gunshot wounds in July 1989, only months after Daniel’s murder in March.
The article claims Holmes’ death was a murder, not the suicide decided by the inquest. Though there are still lingering questions about the likelihood of ‘assisted suicide’ or murder, the description of Holmes’ death is inaccurate. The gunshot wound was not to the head but the chest, which is unusual in a police suicide because officers would know that the chances of fatality are lower.
But the paragraphs on Daniel Morgan are even more tendentious. The piece goes on to say:
“Police believe he was killed because he was on the verge of exposing corruption within the police force that would have implicated Noye and senior officers at the time”
There is no evidence that Noye was involved in either death, but there is plenty of evidence that Daniel Morgan was trying to sell his story of police corruption to a national newspaper. Two witnesses from the 1980s alleged Daniel was selling his story to Alex Marunchak at News of the World. Marunchak has denied this several times.
An officer close to the murder investigation in the late 90s even claims that Morgan and Holmes visited a newspaper office together .
Though Marunchak does not appear on the byline of this April 2000 article he was still a senior editor at News of the World with a specialist knowledge of crime and policing. On 20 April 2000 he co-wrote a crime story with reporter Robert Kellaway quoting a ‘flying squad commander’ who thanked the News of the World “for their assistance.” He presumably edited, approved or saw the article above.
But there’s something much more important about this date 16 April 2000….
By then Rebekah Brooks was editor of Britain’s best selling newspaper.
The News of the World Regional Crime Squad
Rebekah Brooks joined News of the World in 1989 and rose rapidly from the magazine to deputy features editor, features editor and then deputy editor before transferring to the sister daily the Sun for a two year stint from 1998 to January 2000, when she was appointed the youngest ever editor of Rupert Murdoch’s famous Sunday tabloid.
A few months prior to this promotion, in September 1999, as a result of Operation Two Bridges, the third investigation into Daniel Morgan’s murder, Jonathan Rees was arrested again (not for murder but fitting up a mother with drugs in custody battle). This terminated – only temporarily it seems – a long and lucrative relationship between News of the World and Rees’ firm Southern Investigations.
The company’s book keeper from 1987-1990 claims the relationship between the News of the World and Southern Investigations goes back to soon after Daniel’s murder. There are various snapshots of their joint activities throughout the nineties.
Mazher Mahmood explains the role of Marunchak in the bugging of Culture Minister David Mellor during his affair with Antonia de Sancha in his autobiography Confessions of a Fake Sheikh. InThe Untouchables by Laurie Flynn and Michael Gillard, there are more examples of Rees and former police officer Sid Fillery working with Marunchak and Mahmood. Nick Davies’ book Hack Attack goes into even more detail about an extensive network of private investigators and corrupt police officers Marunchak had access to through the Thornton Heath detective firm. The area was so famed for press/police collusion that it was dubbed “the News of the World Regional Crime Squad.”
It was a very well remunerated business, and a source of many News of the World scoops. By 1997, Southern Investigations was billing the newspaper £166,000 per annum. But even before Rees’ arrest, there were problems with the newspaper over costs.
The area was so famed for press/police collusion that it was dubbed “the News of the World Regional Crime Squad.”
By 1999 Rees was in dispute with News of the World’s veteran managing editor Stuart Kuttner (who joined the paper a few years before Brooks).
A civil claim was launched by Southern Investigations for over £18,000 in January 1998. Stuart Kuttner settled it, with Marunchak acting as intermediary. Within a couple of months, Marunchak and his fellow desk editor Greg Miskiw formed a new ‘import/export company’, with Southern Investigations accountant Barry Beardall, and registered at the same address of Southern House, Thornton Heath.
In the year before Brooks returned to take the helm of the News of the World, according to evidence in the phone hacking trial, Kuttner was trying to cut down the £167,000 spent on private detectives (the vast bulk of it on Southern Investigations it seems). The month after Rees was arrested Kuttner wrote to news editor Greg Miskiw ruing the amounts being spent on “outside research and surveillance” and urging “staff to make more inquiries themselves.”
The following year Miskiw would put Glenn Mulcaire on an annual contract for over £100k per annum.
The jury at the phone hacking trial accepted that Mulcaire’s role and employment could well have been hidden from Brooks during her two years as editor.
But is it really credible she did not know anything of Southern Investigations, which had been a major source of stories in the eleven years since she joined the paper? Or that she could not have heard of the allegations about the Morgan murder?
First Buried Call for a Investigation into the Paper
According to his autobiography, Lord Stevens, soon to be elevated to Commissioner for the Met, took an active interest in overseeing Rees’ arrest in 1999. But this was not the only result of the Two Bridges probe.
Promoted to overall command of anti-corruption at the Met in February 2000, Commander Bob Quick submitted a report to the Department of Professional Standards (DPS) urging further investigation of journalists associated with Southern Investigations according to his Leveson Statement
The redacted name is Alex Marunchak. In the intelligence reports two other prominent journalists were former News of the World Crime reporter Gary Jones, who had since moved over to the Mirror Group, and the paper’s famous Fake Sheikh reporter Mazher Mahmood.
However, again thanks to Leveson evidence, we know that the incoming Commissioner John Stevens attended a high level meeting with News of the World executives at this time.
The Met’s former head of public affairs, Dick Fedorcio, doesn’t give a precise date for this meeting but since Stevens’ evidence records a meeting with Phil Hall who had left the editorship at this time, it could well have been be on 23 March 2000.
Whenever it took place this meeting is still extraordinary, for it not only included Stevens, Fedorcio and Brooks but also Alex Marunchak – a major person of interest in Two Bridges, and named in Quick’s report for further investigation.
What happened after this 2000 report was sent to the DPS urging a proper inquiry of News of the World’s potential criminal associations with Southern Investigations?
There is no record of any reprimand of Marunchak – indeed he was promoted to executive editor.
Brooks Revamps News of the World’s Investigations
While Jonathan Rees was tried and eventually sentenced to seven years imprisonment for the cocaine-planting scam in 2000, Brooks set about revamping News of the World‘s investigations . In June that year she recalled Greg Miskiw from New York (where he’d set up a NOTW office) to head up a ‘Special Investigations Unit’.
There are very few surviving emails from this time of Brooks’ editorship. But emails cited at the Old Bailey suggest that from September 2000 she was asking Kuttner and NGN’s finance drector Colin Milner for a pay rise and promotion for Neville Thurlbeck . Brooks wrote they “must do this” because Thurlbeck had “battled through a trial” that August in which he was acquitted of bribing an National Criminal Intelligence Squad officer for stories.
Twelve days later Brooks writes to Andy Coulson, now appointed as her deputy, and Kuttner: “I want Neville to have that promotion ASAP.”
Thurlbeck was made chief reporter in the new ‘Special Investigations Unit’ alongside Greg Miskiw. By October Mazher Mahmood, according to his byline, part of this investigations unit, presumably joined with his specialist surveillance expert Conrad Brown, and photographer Bradley Page. (Glenn Mulcaire, known as “Greg’s man” was regularly invoicing Miskiw at this point, but his company Euro Research doesn’t go onto an annual contract until February 2001.)
One of the teams biggest scoops involved a Mazher Mahmood sting on Sophie Countess Wessex, during which the Fake Sheikh recorded the Queens’ daughter-in-law making indiscreet comments about senior politicians and other members of the Royal Family.
In an email from 18 April Brooks warned Miskiw “we have to be so careful and make sure everything we do was inside the law.”
The Special Investigations Unit was broken up by early June 2001 when Brooks made Miskiw deputy head of an amalgamated department of News and Investigations. However, news of this might not have filtered though to other journalists at the paper. In August the following year sports reporter Geoff Sweet described Mulcaire, coming on to play for Wimbledon AFC, as “part of our special investigations team.”
(In evidence at the Old Bailey, both Brooks and Coulson testified they had never seen this article, since it was on page 88 during a hectic edition covering the Soham murders).
2002 Another Buried Call for an Investigation
Brooks’ second year of editorship of News of the World was a very busy one. Surviving emails show her supervising and updating stories on Sven Goran Eriksson, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, and Harold Shipman. By this point Mahmood was calling himself ‘Investigations Editor’.
Brooks’ famous campaign to name and shame paedophiles, Sarah’s Law, had reached a culmination with the sentencing of Sarah Payne’s murderer Roy Whiting But the disappearance of Milly Dowler in March 2002 would re-ignite the campaign.
However there is no mention of the opening of a fourth investigation into the murder of Daniel Morgan anywhere in the paper, even though there’s no doubt the News of the World knew about it.
On 26 June 2002 Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook appeared on BBC Crimewatch to to appeal for new information as the public face of a new murder inquiry, Operation Abelard
Unknown to Cook, Sid Fillery had called Alex Marunchak at the News of the World with information about Cook. Marunchak does not deny passing a ‘tip off’ on. His colleague Greg Miskiw then tasked Glenn Mulcaire to hack the phones of Cook and his wife, Jacqui Hames, and to do other financial and credit searches which must have quickly debunked any ludicrous suggestion the married couple with two children could have been having an affair.
By mid July the Cook family found themselves under surveillance at their Surrey home and while taking their children to school. When the registration of one of the vans was checked, it was discovered to have been leased to News International, and Mahmood’s photographer Bradley Page.
As a result of this surveillance, the Abelard team re-examined the allegations Daniel Morgan had planned to sell his story of police corruption to a Sunday paper and wrote to the DPS urging an immediate investigation into the relationship between Alex Marunchak and Jonathan Rees.
What happened after this 2002 report was sent to the DPS urging a proper inquiry of News of the World’s potential criminal associations with Southern Investigations?
However, the day after the request was submitted in late August, Rebekah Brooks and her then husband Ross Kemp had a long dinner at the Ivy Club with Commissioner John Stevens and his wife. Two weeks later the two couples return for a second dinner at the club, accompanied by Dick Fedorcio.
There is no record of any reprimand of Marunchak – indeed he is promoted to Irish editor of News of the World.
Brooks Confronted Over Interference with a Murder Inquiry
It wasn’t till the following January that Cook had amassed enough information to confront the editor of News of the World at Scotland Yard with evidence about the long standing financial relationship between Marunchak and Rees. On 9 January 2003 Brooks was called to a meeting with Cook, Commander Andre Baker and Dick Fedorcio and shown a witness statement. As Vanity Fair reported three years ago:
Faced with these allegations, Brooks told Cook she “would look into it.” According to the Leveson testimony of Dick Fedorcio, Brooks went straight from this meeting to a drinks reception where she talked again with Commissioner Stevens.
Byline understands Brooks also consulted with managing editor Stuart Kuttner the following day, Friday 10 January.
Kuttner’s notebooks, used as evidence in the phone hacking trial, are believed to still be in the possession of the Metropolitan police.
Over the weekend, Brooks was told she was appointed editor of the Sun, and by Monday 13 January 2003, Andy Coulson was appointed her replacement.
How Brooks Can Help the Panel Inquiry
The evidence of Jacqui Hames, Bob Quick and others at the Leveson Inquiry about the strange and often nefarious connections between private investigators, police and the press, would have been dramatically supported by statements from Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook who was due to become a core participant.
However, the day before that happened, Cook was arrested by officers tipped off by News Corp’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC) revealing emails between Cook and the Sun crime correspondent Mike Sullivan over a potential book. All charges were dropped against Sullivan and there’s no suggestion money changed hands. A file was sent to the CPS last year but Cook has yet to be charged.
In the circumstances, it looks suspiciously like Cook was targeted by the MSC to silence him at a crucial time.
Understandably, Brooks’ lawyers were very critical of Jacqui Hames’ evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, given that she still faced trial in 2012. But now that risk has gone.
Brooks was found not guilty last June after an 8 month trial of conspiring to phone hack, pay public officials or pervert the course of justice. She is in the clear in regard to any criminal accusations.
But she could do a lot to restore her reputation if she co-operated with Daniel Morgan Independent Panel Inquiry.
Not only is the three decades long turmoil and disappointment of the Morgan family at issue, but the crucial relationship between the media, private investigators and the police is at stake.
Back in 2011, as she faced hostile News of the World journalists after closure of the paper in the wake of the Milly Dowler scandal, Brooks explained the company had ‘visiblity’ on what other scandals ahead. She said:
“I think, in a year’s time, every single one of you in this room might come up and say, ‘OK, well I see what you saw now'”
Roy Greenslade at the Guardian has asked “So, Rebekah Brooks, what was the reason for the News of the World’s closure?“
What could be worse than hacking the phone of a murdered teenager? Perhaps perverting another murder inquiry, or somehow colluding in its cover-up?
For her own peace of mind, and the Morgan family’s, I believe Brooks needs to come clean about what she meant by this, and what she really knew about Marunchak and Southern Investigations.
If you have corrections, queries or wish to comment in the piece itself, please contact me peter at byline dot com.
Theresa May had private meeting with Rupert Murdoch
29 Sept 2016
PM Theresa May, met Times and Sun owner Rupert Murdoch last week in New York despite her reputation for keeping the media at arm’s length
May met the media mogul, who owns the Times and the Sun newspapers, as well as Sky in the UK, on a trip that lasted less than 36 hours. The meeting, less than three months after she was appointed prime minister, is notable given her previous reputation for keeping the media at arm’s length.
30th September 2016
^ Theresa May would be courageous, then, if she pulled the plug on the inquiry??
Maybe they were discussing how to spin recent events related to the inquiry?
Theresa May – responsible for the designed-to-fail Home Office CSA Inquiry
Not a single day of evidence has been heard in two years.
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale
(half-brother of high level PIE member, convicted paedophile, Charles Napier)
caught in prostitution scandal
01 April 2016
How come none of this in the Sun I thought it would be just their cup of tea. He must be serving Murdoch well.
And the Sun safe is not a theory, but testified to under oath…
At a trial in Kingston two years ago of several senior Sun journalists over allegations of payments to public officials, the former deputy editor of the country’s best selling newspaper, Ben O’Driscoll, made an interesting admission on oath:
“At the time I was there, there was an enormous safe, about 7ft high, like something out of a Wild West film, with big metal handles”, O’Driscoll explained to the court in Kingston. “It was full of 30 years of stories that are confidential and did not pass the public interest test. They remained there in that safe, and what’s in there is quite eye-popping, I have to say.”
O’Driscoll claimed MPs and celebrities featured in the materia
If the basic principle of journalism is disclosure of information for the public interest, then the Sun’s famous safe is anti-journalism – non disclosure for private gain.
Among Fleet Street hacks the Sun vault – known as the ‘black museum’ – has long been the subject of lurid speculation.
Rumours range of photos of members of the Royal family…
When she took over the editorship of the Sun in 2003, Rebekah Brooks would openly talk to friends about the scandals contained in the vault. Sources describe the names she mentioned as ‘Yewtree’ type material.
So far from ‘not being in the public interest’ does the Sun vault actually contain evidence of potential crimes?
The Sun keeps explosive and unprintable stories in ‘wild West-style safe’
The tabloid’s former deputy news editor Ben O’Driscoll, 38, tells court more than 30 years of unpublished stories were stored in the 7ft high safe
Former News of the World journalist Graham Johnson claimed in his racy and revealing book Hack that News International had deliberately suppressed evidence that author and futurist Arthur C Clarke was a paedophile because he was a friend of the proprietor. As Johnson told the Independent the News UK journalist was told:
“Because Arthur C Clarke was a mate of Rupert Murdoch, the editor wasn’t having any of it and despite Roger getting a lot of evidence that Clarke was a paedophile they wouldn’t publish it.”
The editor at the time denies this claim. But this is not the first time that Murdoch’s newpapers have been accused of covering up crimes as a favour to friends.
Jeremy Thorpe, paedophile Sir Cyril Smith and Sir David Steel
Last year the Daily Mail reported that a file on the prolific child abuser who escaped conviction, Cyril Smith, the former Liberal Democrat MP, was also lodged in the Sun’s safe.
“Civil servants feared the secret Smith police file might be made public in 1982 – when a burglary at the Fleet Street offices of The Sun newspaper revealed the editor was in possession of a copy.
This revelation will lead to speculation that the break-in was linked to attempts to cover up Cyril Smith’s crimes.”
How many more potential crimes are hidden in the Sun safe? Any right to confidentiality is lost if a crime can be prevented or detected.
Are there victims of Cyril Smith or others from ‘Yewtree’ who have suffered as a result of non disclosure?
Operation Yewtree is a police investigation into sexual abuse allegations, predominantly the abuse of children, against the British media personality Jimmy Savile and others.
Prince Charles with friend and mentor paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile
What did The Sun know about Jimmy Savile that it did NOT pass to the BBC?
The science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke has met Prince Charles at a banquet in Sri Lanka just days after postponing a ceremony to be invested with a knighthood because of newspaper allegations saying he was a paedophile.
‘Paedophile’ Arthur C Clarke sparks protests in Lanka
Child right activists in Sri Lanka have expressed shock over science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke’s confession in a newspaper interview of a life of paedophilia and called for his deportation just around the time Prince Charles was to knight him.
Clarke, 80, widely regarded as a visionary and author of the celebrated 2001: A Space Odyssey and some 80 other books, was quoted as saying in the interview published in London’s Mirror that having sex with children was all right.
”Once they have reached the age of puberty, it is OK… It doesn’t do any harm,” said Clarke, who has lived in Sri Lanka for 40 years.
“I am trying to think of the youngest boy I have ever had because, of course, you can’t tell it here.
I think most of the damage comes from the fuss made by hysterical parents afterwards. If the kids don’t mind, fair enough,” he was reported to have said in the interview which was conducted at his house.
Maureen Seneviratne said her group had indeed heard rumours about Clarke’s activities, but being a small NGO, her organisation could not take it up as that would be like ”tilting at giants who have written books and been made chancellors of universities.”
”It would have been like signing our own death warrant,” she said in a reference to the official patronage enjoyed by Clarke, the first foreign celebrity to be given tax-free status on the island.
Clarke set up the Arthur Clarke Centre for Modern Technologies 15 years ago with the money he received with a 1982 Marconi International Fellowship.
The Nation – Feb 2, 1998
PRINCE CHARLES is long departed, but the furore over Arthur C Clarke’s sex life, which erupted nearly three weeks ago on the eve of the prince’s visit to Sri Lanka, refuses to die down.
The scientific visionary and novelist who has lived in the former British colony for 42 years was to have been knighted by the prince during the latter’s visit to the island for the celebration of the golden jubilee of Sri Lanka’s independence.
But days before the planned investiture, the Sunday Mirror accused Clarke of being a confirmed paedophile. Clarke asked for the ceremony to be postponed to avoid embarrassing the prince.
Dayanada de Silva, director of current affairs at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Authority, was quoted in the Sunday Mirror as saying: “Arthur likes casual affairs with lots of different boys. If I think he might like one of my boys, I give them his phone number, he asked me to. The last time I saw Arthur, a few months ago, he was still having casual sex with boys. The boys do it for money, and money is nothing to Arthur C Clarke.”
…the newspaper declared Clarke to be a self-confessed paedophile. He was quoted admitting as much, and a Sri Lankan “friend” – head of current affairs at the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Company – alleged that Clarke was still having sex with boys “a few months ago”.
Dayananda de Silva was a distinguished radio journalist who has enjoyed a career of 42 years in public service broadcasting, on the island of Sri Lanka.
Dayananda de Silva soon proved to be a first class newsreader over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon. Among the highlights of a high profile radio career are his interviews with many eminent persons including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Sir Arthur C. Clarke to name a few.
Arthur Clarke had made his own advancements in the field of ‘satellite communication‘ particularly in respect of the theory…Murdoch would directly benefit from these ideas.
|Arthur C. Clarke, who dabbled in science fiction writing, floated the idea of global communications satellites in a 1945 letter to the publication Wireless World. It was the first publicly articulated vision of a technology that would change the world; in the annals of technological forecasting, it stands today as a letter of rare prescience.Today the high-altitude geostationary orbit, known as the Clarke Belt, is the heartland of the world’s communications satellites.|
Note…Clarke did eventually pick up his knighthood a couple of years later, in 2000.
At the dawn of the website era British Telecom and Rupert Murdoch’s Springboard designed www.urigeller.com, a ground-breaking website
David Blaine had 2 entries in convicted billionaire peadophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book
New Michael Jackson Lawsuit Alleges Child-Abuse Procurement Ring
A new lawsuit alleges Michael Jackson’s businesses were a front for grooming children to be abused
The latest complaint, filed by a Jane Doe who alleges that she was abused by Jackson from 1986 to 1989, when she was aged 12 to 15, claims that Jackson secretly operated, “the most sophisticated public child sexual-abuse procurement and facilitation organizations the world has known.”
David Blaine and Uri Geller
David Blaine, the hysterical giggler. The David Blaine who rode around London in the back of my Chrysler Voyager with Michael Jackson, laughing so hard that he slid off the seats and almost choked on the floor. He’d just asked me for my opinion on Sai Baba, the Indian mystic. (Rolf Harris’ guru)
Now, I have great respect for the septuagenarian Sai, who has been making holy ash and oil drip from thin air for decades. Sai Baba has built universities and hospitals in southern India with donations from his many admirers, and that is praiseworthy. But I’d heard a much less praiseworthy rumour about the oil and… oh, I can’t tell you. Not in print. Not in a family newspaper.
But I told David, and he laughed himself sick, while Michael gazed at me in horror and then succumbed to giggles and hugged himself with glee. If I had space, I’d also tell you about Michael Jackson the giggler.
At the Houses of Parliament, where he sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Paul Boateng, the Foreign Office minister, Michael was entranced by Greville Janner’s conjuring tricks. He was like a ten-year-old, amazed by the entertainer at a children’s party. Every time the rubber ball vanished from Lord Janner’s hand, Michael giggled and goggled.
Even though I was there and David was there, it was Greville who performed magic. But you don’t want to hear that. You want to know about David Blaine. I wanted to know about David, too, because the first time he called me I had never heard his name.
This was about the time of his first ABC special, David Blaine: Street Magic (1997), before the spectacular, unique stunts which spread his fame worldwide. He told me he was desperate to meet me, that he had three heroes in his life, and they were Jesus Christ, Orson Welles and Uri Geller.
So I told him he was welcome at my home any time, and 16 hours later he had flown from New York and taken a taxi from Heathrow and was banging on my gate….
Uri Geller with David Blaine, Paul Boateng and paedophile Michael Jackson.
‘Kidnapped boy, Martin Allen, may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,’ say police
Martin Allen went missing aged 15 while on his way home in 1979
1980 Uri Geller entertains transplant and kidney machine children at a lunch party to celebrate the 21st birthday of the National Kidney research foundation at the House of Commons.
Matthew Freud, son of paedophile Clement Freud, was married to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter.
Elisabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud divorce
PR guru Matthew Freud hid secret love child from his wife Elisabeth Murdoch for TWO YEARS after affair