Names Of News Execs Who Ordered Hacking To Remain Secret
British actor/comedian Steve Coogan has been given the names of higher-ups at the now-defunct tabloid News of the World who assigned detective Glenn Mulcaire to hack into the voicemail of six celebrities whom he had tried to contact -- but, for the time being, the names will not be publicly disclosed, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported today (Wednesday). Coogan is suing News International, the News Corp subsidiary that oversaw the operations of the tabloid, for invasion of privacy. According to the newspaper, Mulcaire lawyer Sarah Webb contacted Coogan's lawyers on Friday, Aug. 26, when the names were turned over, and asked them to withhold them so as not to compromise the current police investigation of the tabloid's phone hacking, known as Operation Wheeting. Webb said in a statement, "The issue is not that my client requires to keep matters confidential but rather that the police require him to." Citing a person familiar with the case, Bloomberg News reported today that police are seeking a court order to keep the names secret.