The British phone hacking scandal that has caused the resignations of several editors and policemen, and has placed some of the most elite of England under scrutiny, is now focusing on Piers Morgan, who denies any involvement.
Morgan, former editor of two British tabloids, News of the World and the Daily Mirror, and host of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” was accused at a hearing on Tuesday of being involved in the ever-extending scandal by Louise Mensch, a Conservative member of Parliament on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
Morgan denied the allegations both at the hearing and on Twitter. He said at the hearing that the accusations were “nonsense” and wrote via Twitter, “I’ve never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.”
Shortly before Morgan’s comments, Mensch said at the hearing, “Piers Morgan, who is now a celebrity anchor at CNN, who do not appear to have asked him any questions at all about phone hacking, is a former editor of the Daily Mirror. He said in his book ‘The Insider’ recently, and I quote, that that little trick of entering a standard four-digit code allows anyone to call that number and hear your messages. In that book he boasted that using that little trick enables him to win scoop of the year for a story about (former England national soccer team manager) Sven-Goran Eriksson.”
Morgan replied to the comments on Twitter, “That MP just claimed I boasted in my book of using phone-hacking for a scoop. Complete nonsense. Just read the book.”Tags: CNN, Culture, Daily Mirror, Louise Mensch, Media and Sport Select Committee, News of the World, phone-hacking scandal, Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan Tonight, Rupert Murdoch, Sven-Goran Eriksson, The Insider, Twitter