The Information Commission and the Leveson Inquiry

Francis Davey fjmd1a at
Wed Nov 30 21:07:41 GMT 2011

2011/11/30 Ian Batten <igb at>:
> Leveson Inquiry, witness statement of Alex Owens, Senior Investigating
> Officer at the ICO, 1999--2005.
> He claims that he had a complete paper trail from journalists through PIs to
> their corrupt sources, but was told by Richard Thomas to keep his hands off
> the papers.   Paragraphs 4.4 to 4.9 are absolutely devastating, along with
> paragraphs 5.1 through 5.6.  Owens essentially accuses Thomas and his
> subordinates  of being too frightened to take on the newspapers, and of then
> being dishonest about the state of the investigation and the quality of the
> evidence available to them.  Paragraphs 5.10 et seq implicitly accuse the
> ICO of misleading Parliament.

I must say I have been finding the enquiry increasingly interesting,
if rather alarming in that it confirms one's worst suspicions.
Yesterday's "privacy is for peado's" being fairly eye watering.

Francis Davey

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