Could Piers Morgan have been lying about having no involvement with any kind of hacking scandal what-so-ever?? People have been pointing fingers at him for a few weeks now, but we haven't been 100% positive in either direction about who was telling the truth!
Now Heather Mills has come forward to claim that a reporter for the Mirror's parent company confessed to her in 2001 that the paper had surreptitiously gained access to a voicemail message Paul McCartney left for her after the couple had a fight. The trouble for Morgan is that he openly admitted to having listened to that very voicemail message—recounting it in detail—in 2007.
Mills told the BBC that the reporter in question wasn't Morgan. And since the Mirror Group owns several newspapers other than the Daily Mirror, it's not clear that it was one of Morgan's reporters doing the hacking. But it's abundantly clear that Morgan listened in on the voicemail in question, with glee.
"[A]t one stage I was played a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone.
It was heartbreaking. The couple had clearly had a tiff, Heather had fled to India, and Paul was pleading with her to come back. He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate, and even sang 'We Can Work It Out' into the answerphone."
Oh wow, that's seems like some pretty damning evidence… and yet in a statement by Piers:
Heather Mills has made unsubstantiated claims about a conversation she may or may not have had with a senior executive from a Trinity Mirror newspaper in 2001.
The BBC has confirmed to me that this executive was not employed by the Daily Mirror.
I have no knowledge of any conversation any executive from other newspapers at Trinity Mirror may or may not have had with Heather Mills.
What I can say and have knowledge of is that Sir Paul McCartney asserted that Heather Mills illegally intercepted his telephones, and leaked confidential material to the media. This is well documented, and was stated in their divorce case. Further, in his judgment, The Honourable Mr. Justice Bennett wrote of Heather Mills: "I am driven to the conclusion that much of her evidence, both written and oral, was not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid. Overall she was a less than impressive witness."
He then goes on to reiterate that he's never been involved with that stuff.
We're finding it harder and harder to believe, Piers. Won't it be much harder to come clean down the road than it would be to just do it right now??
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