Friday, February 24, 2012

#Hacking : Court Documents Suggests E.Mails Were Destroyed

Senior employees at News International ordered that hundreds of thousands of staff emails be systematically destroyed in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, according to court documents released to the Daily Telegraph by a high court judge.

The papers, which were compiled by lawyers for the claimants in
phone-hacking cases, are reported to be based on material provided by News International's management and standards committee.

According to the Telegraph, the document reveals a News International policy "to eliminate in a consistent manner" emails that "could be unhelpful in the context of future litigation in which a News International company is a defendant".

It says the News of the World was obliged since 2008 to keep any evidence relating to alleged phone-hacking, because of civil actions that had been launched.

However, the document refers to an "email deletion policy" set up in November 2009, in which hundreds of thousands of emails were destroyed on nine separate occasions.

According to the Telegraph, one of the documents reveals that three days after Sienna Miller began a phone-hacking claim demanding that relevant emails be preserved, a News International IT employee sent a memo saying: "There is a senior NI management requirement to delete this data as quickly as possible."

The papers also claim that at least one reporter carried on phone-hacking after the arrest of News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private detective Glenn Mulcaire in August 2006.