An email that allegedly reveals a senior executive at the Sun asking a former News of the World journalist to hack a phone has reportedly been submitted by a victims group seeking to proceed with a civil claim against the red top.
It is claimed the email was sent in 2006 by then executive editor Geoff Webster and was submitted by recipient Greg Miskiw, a former News of the World news editor who is himself a convicted phone hacker.
A conversation begun by Miskiw, who then worked for the agency Mercury Press, headed ‘fiona mills’ reads: “Monitored over the weekend and there is nothing new. She may not be using it at the moment. Will keep on but not hopeful. Have a couple of other irons in the fire. Regards Greg.”
To which Webster responds ‘OK thanks Greg keep looking mate.’ When Miskiw then goes on to ask for payment ‘for a shift, or two’ Webster replies ‘of course’.
David Sherbourne QC, who is acting on behalf of Miskiw as well as former news editor Neville Thurlbeck, journalists Dan Evans and James Weatherup and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, said that the email showed voicemail intercepts were: “approved of at a very high level at the Sun newspaper.”
Disputing this however a News UK spokesperson said: “Today, certain claimants seeking financial settlements arising from activities at the News of the World have made unsubstantiated claims against the Sun. If the court permits such claims to proceed, the Sun will defend them vigorously.”