Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught up with Rupert Murdoch
Chatto & Windus, $34.99 pb, 447 pp, 9780701187316
Beyond Contempt.: The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial
by Peter Jukes
Canbury Press, £25 pb, 249 pp, 9780993040702
Bettina Jordan-Barber will soon face trial for receiving around £100,000 over nine years from the Sun newspaper for supplying information while she was an official in the Ministry of Defence. Both the prosecution and the defence during the recent UK ‘phone hacking’ trial accepted that the payments had been made, and that Rebekah Brooks, while she was editor of the Sun from 2003 to 2006, authorised eleven of them totalling £38,000. According to Brooks, it never occurred to her that the person her reporter, who will also soon face trial, referred to in his emails as his ‘number one military contact’ and ‘ace military source’ might be someone in the military. The jury accepted this profession of ignorance, so Brooks was found not guilty of ‘conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office’.