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Jul 20, 2011

Special report: Murdoch affair spotlights UK’s dirty detectives

LONDON (Reuters) – In a small, semi-detached house overlooking a park in the unlovely south London suburb of Croydon, Jorge Salgado-Reyes sits at a glass-topped desk in his living room plying his trade as a private eye.

In the corner, a goldfish glides around a water tank. A flat screen television hangs from the wall alongside replica samurai swords and photographs of landscapes. Black leather sofas line two of the walls.

Jul 20, 2011

Special Report – Murdoch affair spotlights dirty detectives

LONDON (Reuters) – In a small, semi-detached house overlooking a park in the unlovely suburb of Croydon, Jorge Salgado-Reyes sits at a glass-topped desk in his living room plying his trade as a private eye.

In the corner, a goldfish glides around a water tank. A flat screen television hangs from the wall alongside replica samurai swords and photographs of landscapes. Black leather sofas line two of the walls.

Jul 20, 2011

Murdoch affair spotlights UK’s dirty detectives

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – In a small, semi-detached house
overlooking a park in the unlovely south London suburb of
Croydon, Jorge Salgado-Reyes sits at a glass-topped desk in his
living room plying his trade as a private eye. In the corner, a
goldfish glides around a water tank. A flat screen television
hangs from the wall alongside replica samurai swords and
photographs of landscapes. Black leather sofas line two of the
walls.

The phone rings. Salgado-Reyes answers it, jots down a few
notes and consults his screen. “A non-molestation order,” he
says, referring to a court order he is being asked to monitor.

Jul 13, 2011

UK spies losing Web experts to private sector

LONDON (Reuters) – British intelligence eavesdroppers are suffering a steady loss of Internet experts to the private sector because the likes of Google and Microsoft offer much higher wages, a group of lawmakers said on Wednesday.

The Intelligence and Security Committee, a group of MPs that monitors the work of British intelligence, said it was concerned that a cut in real terms of 11 percent in funding over the next four years for its three main agencies could harm their work.

Jul 13, 2011

UK spies losing Web experts to private sector-report

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) – British intelligence
eavesdroppers are suffering a steady loss of Internet experts to
the private sector because the likes of Google and
Microsoft offer much higher wages, a group of lawmakers
said on Wednesday.

The Intelligence and Security Committee, a group of MPs that
monitors the work of British intelligence, said it was concerned
that a cut in real terms of 11 percent in funding over the next
four years for its three main agencies could harm their work.

Jul 12, 2011

Police say terror was bigger priority at phone hacking hearing

LONDON (Reuters) – At a stormy hearing on phone hacking scandal, top serving and retired policemen told sceptical lawmakers on Tuesday they had been too busy trying to prevent terrorism to investigate the abuse adequately.

MPs reacted with ridicule, disbelief and open hostility to testimony by senior Scotland Yard officers about their handling of an affair that has led to the closure of a leading newspaper.

Jul 12, 2011

London police chief says own phone hacked

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior British police officer, questioned in parliament about a phone hacking scandal that led to closure of a leading newspaper, said on Tuesday he believed he himself had been the victim of phone hacking.

John Yates, an assistant commissioner with London’s Metropolitan Police, said it was inevitable that some officers were corrupt, but strongly denied he received illegal payments from newspapers.

Jul 12, 2011

“Unhealthy and corrosive”: UK media’s cosy ties to police

LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) – “The basic test of a decent
police force is that it catches more criminals than it employs.”

That adage, coined by Robert Mark, a Metropolitan Police
Commissioner in the 1970s, might just as easily be applied to
another profession with a similar stake in the public’s trust –
investigative journalism.

Jul 12, 2011

Detective plans to sue News International for harassment

LONDON (Reuters) – A former Scotland Yard detective plans to sue publishers of the News of the World for harassment and hacking his phone while he was investigating a high-profile axe murder, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

Mark Lewis, a lawyer for the policeman, Dave Cook, and for his wife Jacqui Hames, told Reuters he believed the planned suit against News Group Newspapers would be the first action against the now-defunct weekly for the physical trailing and electronic surveillance of a police officer by journalists working for it.

Jul 12, 2011

Exclusive: Detective to sue News International for harassment

LONDON (Reuters) – A former Scotland Yard detective plans to sue publishers of the News of the World for harassment and hacking his phone while he was investigating a high-profile axe murder, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

Mark Lewis, a lawyer for the policeman, Dave Cook, and for his wife Jacqui Hames, told Reuters he believed the planned suit against News Group Newspapers would be the first action against the now-defunct weekly for the physical trailing and electronic surveillance of a police officer by journalists working for it.