In January 2003, several UK newspapers reported that “two former Labour ministers” were on a list of 7,272 Operation Ore suspects that had been leaked to News International title the Sunday Times.
None of the papers named the two former ministers, but on 2nd February 2003, the News of the World (another News International title) reported that Peter Mandelson had been one of the names on the list, but the article went on to clear Mr Mandelson’s name – “There is no suggestion that the real Peter Mandelson is involved“.
It turned out that there had been a ‘mix up’ and the ‘Peter Mandelson’ on the Ore list wasn’t in fact the former Labour minister, but a student from West Wales (or maybe South Wales?), whose credit card had allegedly been stolen and then used by the thief to access the ‘Real Lolita’ website.
According to the News…
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