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July 18 2011

07:16

"Trash" bag treasure: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes - Scotland Yard's role in the phone-hacking scandal

New York Times :: Four years, from August 2006, when they were seized, until autumn 2010, six overstuffed plastic bags gathered dust and little else in a Scotland Yard evidence room. No one at the Metropolitan Police Service took care. Inside the bin ("trash") bags was a treasure-trove of evidence: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes listing nearly 4,000 celebrities, politicians, sports stars, police officials and crime victims whose phones may have been hacked by The News of the World, a now defunct British tabloid newspaper. During that same four years, senior Scotland Yard officials assured Parliament, judges, lawyers, potential hacking victims, the news media and the public that there was no evidence of widespread hacking by the tabloid.

Scotland Yard's role - continue to read Don Van Natta, Jr., www.nytimes.com

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