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In yesterday’s highly riveting exchange, Morgan told the Inquiry that he hadn’t been aware of the tool of phone hacking until Jan 2001, and said he had not heard of it going on at his paper as editor at either the News of the World or Mirror.
He also claimed he had been authorised with someone else to listen to Mills’s voicemail messages over a rift she had been having with the ex-Beatle. Writing on her website, Mills said: "For the avoidance of doubt, I can categorically state that I have never ever played Piers Morgan a tape of any kind, never mind a voice message from my ex husband. Piers Morgan is doing all he can to deter the Leveson enquiry from finishing their important job.Morgan is using me as his scapegoat and I would be more than happy to answer any questions that the enquiry would like to put to me. As stated in a press release by my ex-husband, he has never insinuated that I have leaked tapes of him to the media."
Today the Inquiry heard from a former hack who worked under Morgan, who claimed he had been a very hands on editor at the paper, and would have almost certainly have known the illegal practice was going on – if indeed it was.
The Leveson Inquiry returns on Jan 9 2012.