James Harding The editor of The Times has at present apologized, after he admits a journalist had hacked into a portion police officer’s email account.
In 2009, The Times newspaper outed Lancashire officer Richard Horton, enlightening him to be the unidentified author of the Night Jack blog.
The paper had productively upturned an injunction prevent it from identifying the blog’s author, arguing that the information was in the public’s interest and that the author’s uniqueness had been obtain through legitimate journalistic means.
However, emails presented at the Leveson Inquiry today make public that a Times journalist, named as Patrick Foster, hacked into the email account of the police blogger.
Editor James Harding tells the question into press principles that he regretted the interruption and expected “better of The Times”.
The Leveson Inquiry heard that The Times fought its battle in the courts to unmask the NightJack blogger *after* its reporter had told management that he had accessed Horton’s email account.
The Times According to Harding, the particulars of the event had only recently come to his information.
“A huge deal of what we now know is a consequence of pulling up emails, look at the legal correspondence. All of this has been made to be had in the last week,” said The Times editor. “To be entirely clear, if Mr Foster had come to me and said that he had done this, we would have taken punitive action and I would have told him to right away abandon the story.”
Last month, Simon Toms, News International’s interim manager of legal affairs, revealed that a Times reporter had been restricted for involvement in processor hacking – but details of which reporter and the victim of the hacking were not at the time exposed.