Piers Morgan, the CNN host and former News of the World and Daily Mirror editor, has responded to the claims of a UK-based blogger that a recently unearthed BBC recording proves Morgan was aware that reporters were hacking into the phones of sources during his time as a tabloid chief.
The recording turned out to be a 2009 interview with the BBC in which Morgan, when asked about dealing with "people who rake through bins for a living, people who tap people's phones, people who take secret photographs, who do all that nasty down-in-the-gutter stuff," said that "not a lot of that went on."
More from 2009 Morgan:
A lot of it was done by third parties rather than the staff themselves. That's not to defend it, because obviously you were running the results of their work. I'm quite happy to be parked in the corner of tabloid beast and to have to sit here defending all these things I used to get up to, and I make no pretence about the stuff we used to do. I simply say the net of people doing it was very wide, and certainly encompassed the high and the low end of the supposed newspaper market.
On Wednesday, Morgan did not respond directly to the claims of pseudonymous blogger Guido Fawkes, who told Forbes on Tuesday that he was in possession of said incriminating recording. Instead, Morgan sought to discredit the source of the claim.
"For those who don't know who @GuidoFawkes is, here's his bio," Morgan wrote. "Not exactly Woodward/Bernstein is it?"Read More »from Piers Morgan lashes out at critics, including blogger who claimed to have smoking gun