Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Sun says Panorama used private eye it exposed

The Sun says today that a private eye accused by Panorama of illegal news gathering for the News of the World has claimed he also worked for the BBC programme.

Jonathan Rees was said by last night's BBC1 programme to have introduced a NoW executive to a computer hacker who then obtained sensitive emails from an Army intelligence officer.

But the Sun quotes Rees saying of the BBC: "I think the old adage pot, kettle, black is at play here." His lawyer said: "Mr Rees has worked as an inquiry agent for Panorama."

It is claimed by the Sun, part of the same News International group as the News of the World, that Rees worked for Panorama on at least two programmes in the early 1990s.

The BBC told the Sun said it was "not aware" Rees worked for Panorama, but said the programme had used private eyes.

The BBC has issued a statement: "Jonathan Rees claims to have worked on a Panorama film in the early 1990s but does not claim to have deployed then the sort of illegal practices exposed by last night’s programme.

"The BBC has searched archives dating back 25 years and can find no record of the programme he describes ever being broadcast. We have not been presented with any evidence by Mr Rees to back his claim and have also been unable to find any record of payments to Mr Rees or his company."


George Dearsley said...

The question is when did Rees work for Panorma and did Rees as an "inquiry agent" do anything illegal? Seems like a desperate rearguard action from News International. The other bit of interest from last night's Panorama is how the pressure appears to be mounting on Scotland Yard. OK Brian Paddick may have a vested interest but his quotes were telling about the need for an "independent force" to investigate. We would all like to know if any serving officers were influenced by what (if anything) News International knew about them.

safemeds said...

this is a real problem for the people who work with private information, you know fi you filter some of that information , definitely you are gonna end in abig trouble.