A pair of central figures in the News of the World phone-hacking case--Nick Davies and Paul McMullan--gave some explosive testimony on Tuesday in the ongoing U.K. inquiry into alleged spying activities at the late British tabloid's parent company, News International, and at other newspapers.
Davies--the Guardian reporter responsible for breaking the news of phone-hacking at News of the World--told the committee that Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator whom News of the World employed to hack into the phones and voicemails of dozens of victims, acted as a "facilitator"--but that the paper's journalists were the ones who did the actual hacking.
"If you asked who hacked Milly [Dowler's] voicemail, the answer is it was one or more News of the World journalists who then deleted the voicemail messages," Davies said of Dowler, a British girl who was kidnapped and later found dead. "The facilitator was Glenn Mulcaire. There is a misunderstanding, I think, around the way that he operates. He does not actually, on the whole, do the listening to the messages himself. Most of that is done by the journalists themselves."Read More »from Journalists give explosive testimony at phone-hacking inquiry