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While Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was being questioned earlier today at the Leveson Inquiry, a 49 year old protestor gained entry, interupted the proceedings, and shouted the following:
” Excuse me, this man should be arrested for war crimes.
JP Morgan paid him off for the Iraq War 3 months after he invaded Iraq he held up the Iraq bank for 20 Billion ($?) he was then paid 6 million in dollars every year and still is from JP Morgan 6 months after he left office. The man is a war criminal !”
Note: I’ve not attempted to add too much punctuation as it can slightly change the meaning and it’s difficult to decide on listening exactly where the commas and full stops should be. – gojam
This is a strange tale, I can only put the known facts before you and certain claims which are already in the public domain. You’ll have to decide the veracity of the story yourself.
We know that Paul Maley was a chauffeur for News International from 2005 until 2009 and that most of that time he spent driving Clive Milner, the Chief Operating Officer of News International but Paul Maley claims that his duties and responsibilities were not restricted soley to driving NI executives around London, on at least 17 occasions, according to Mr Maley, he delivered packages containing cash to 10 police officers in the capital between 2006 and 2007.
Mr Maley claims that, it was only on the third such journey that curiousity got the better of him and he opened one of the packages which he estimated to have contained around £5,000.
Mr Maley alleges the packages were always handed over in public places, including Hyde Park and that the recipient had been informed beforehand of the time and location of these ‘drops’ and given a description of Mr Maley and the car which the recipient would then approach.
Now, no less than Rebekah Brookes at a Select Committee hearing in Parliament admitted that payments had been made to the police for information and so, that payments were made to police officers is in little doubt and Mr Maley’s allegations would at least clear up how some of those payments were made.
When the News International hacking scandal and the associated police bribery scandal hit the headlines and public consciousness, Paul Maley decided to go to the police with his allegations. Mr Maley has claimed that since then he had become the target of a ‘campaign of intimidation’, which he says was, designed to deter him from identifying the officers who he delivered packages to, including threatening phone calls, damage to his car and even dog excrement posted through his letterbox.
And so on September 30th 2011, Mr Paul Maley decided to go and see his own constituency MP to see if he could intervene to stop this harrassment.
Unfortunately for Mr Maley, and not just for the obvious reason, Mr Maley’s constituency MP is Culture Secretary Mr Jeremy Hunt.
Mr Hunt acknowledges that the 40 minute meeting took place.
As well as alleging police bribery and intimidation at this meeting with Mr Hunt, Mr Maley also confided in Mr Hunt and told him that he had a ‘Black Book’ which listed the names of the corrupt officers which had previously been held by News International drivers and which was under lock and key in a safe location.
Soon after this meeting took place, Mr Maley claims that a senior figure at News International contacted him who said, ‘I understand that you have an artefact’ and who suggested ‘sorting this out’. As News International had not been aware that Mr Masey had this driver’s ‘Black Book’ it is difficult to understand how they could have gained that information.
What we know for sure because a spokesperson for Mr Hunt has acknowledged is that Mr Hunt reported the criminal allegations to both the Surrey and Metropolitan Police.
And that brings us neatly to the next bizarre twist in this odd tale, for, in January this year Mr Maley was tried on charges of impersonating a police officer at Guildford Crown Court. The judge acquitted him on the grounds of lack of evidence.
Mr Maley claims that these were trumped up charges designed to silence him.
Mr Maley’s lawyers say the prosecution was in possession of documents which would have helped Mr Maley’s case but were barred from handing them over by order of a Public Interest Immunity Certificate, a ruling which allows government ministers, prosecutors, police and even private companies to ensure evidence remains secret from those facing trial. The CPS would not comment on why the trial was abandoned.
But this may not be the last we hear of Mr Paul Maley as he seems determined to pursue this and we may even see him at the Leveson Inquiry.
Steven Heffer, of Collyer Bristow Solicitors, who is representing Paul Maley, said: ‘I can confirm I have been instructed to prepare a statement for submission to the police, the Leveson Inquiry and others, concerning certain payments made in 2006 and 2007’
We shall see.
The main headlines after Rebekah Brooks’ appearance at the Leverson Inquiry today have focused on another email which seems to put Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s job on the line. You can read that elsewhere.
I’m more interested in the ‘beartraps’ that Robert Jay QC set up for Rebekah Brooks. In the previous post I mentioned that a number of ministers had been granted ‘Core Participant Status’ last week but Lord Justice Leveson only agreed to this because every ministers, including Cameron, Clegg, Cable, Hunt, Hague, Osbourne, Gove, and Theressa May, had already submitted their own written submissions. This was so that those ministers did not have prior sight of other witness statements which might allow them to create their own written statements around what others had already submitted, this limits the chance of collusion.
Robert Jay QC has obviously seen those written submissions by ministers and Rebekah Brooks has not and during the proceeding it became obvious that Robert Jay was using those ministerial submissions to question Rebekah Brooks.
The two obvious cases were when the questioning turned to the McCanns. Robert Jay asked on atleast three occasions whether Mrs Brooks had threatened the Prime Minister that if the government did not instruct the police to review the McCann investigation the Sun would “Put the Home Secrtetary’s picture on the front page everyday until the government relented” and at the end he was asking it in the kind of manner lawyers use when they are imploring a witness not to perjure themselves. Now, obviously somebody has submitted that she did but on three occasions she denied it. It could be in David Cameron’s or Theressa May’s or another ministers submission but I bet you a fish supper it’s in there somewhere and we’ll all find out soon enough.
The other occasion was whether the Prime Minister had ever asked Rebekah Brooks if the continuing phone hacking saga could jeopardise Andy Coulson’s position, then working for the PM, in a particular conversation that she’d admitted having with him. “Not on that occasion” replied Mrs Brooks, “On any occasion ?” enquired Mr Jay, “On no occasion.” came the reply. By the end of this little exchange it appeared, by the looks on the faces everyone present at the inquiry, that a barrel load of rotting fish had just been dumped in the room, so strong was the odeur of evasion.
Anyway, we’ll all find out pretty soon but I suspect that she has directly contradicted some written ministerial submission and Robert Jay QC has just metaphorically lead Mrs Brooks a few steps closer to the guillotine.
Signing off, LOL ;-)
You know that you’re going to get lots of juicy and embarrassing details coming out of the Leveson Inquiry when
government anonymous sources begin spinning some of the evidence we’re going to hear.
Just a week since Ministers including Cameron, Osbourne, Hunt, Gove,Hague, Cable and Clegg were awarded Core Participant Status, meaning that they have prior sight of written evidence submitted by other witnesses, and the very morning before Rebakah Brooks takes the stand with a large number of embarrassing details about communications with Cameron, mysteriously a story about a text sent by Tony Blair to Rebekah Brooks has emerged.
Now, before discussing Blair’s text itself, let’s first understand the context of this ‘news management’. When the Government lawyer applied to Lord Jusice Leveson to award those ministers Core Participant Status he gave specific assurances and undertakings that future written evidence from witnesses would not be made public before that evidence was given. This was of great concern to Lord Justice Leveson at the time and one wonders what ‘his honour’ will be thinking if he hears about the Blair text being made public.
Now for the Blair text, I’m afraid it’s not very interesting, Tony Blair texted Rebekah Brooks before the 2011 select committee meeting ‘urging her to apologise to the committee’, that’s it, hardly Watergate is it ? Especially when you consider that Blair wasn’t the Prime Minister at the time, he wasn’t even an MP.
But that’s not how ‘government sources’ are spinning this mysterious leak, oh no. They are suggesting that this shows that previous Prime Ministers too had cosy and inappropriate ‘relations’ with News International, a line of spin which, if you are a political anorak like myself, should do nothing more than whet your appetite for today’s proceedings at the Leveson Inquiry, because the spin identifies clearly what Downing fear the most and they are hoping to set the news agenda for the day onto general Prime Ministerial impropriety and away from the catalogue of embarrassing details of David Cameron’s improprieties.
It should be worth watching today.