Phone hacking: MPs delay publishing Milly Dowler police report | Media | guardian.co.uk
he document, responding to questions posed to Surrey police by the committee before Christmas, is understood to detail for the first time how senior journalists from the News of the World not only obtained Dowler’s phone messages in 2002 but also boasted in writing to police that they had done so, and played them a tape of calls.
Dowler went missing on 21 March 2002, prompting a search by Surrey police, although she was later found murdered. On 14 April 2002 the NoW published a story claiming police were “intrigued” by an alleged new lead derived from voicemails they had obtained from her phone.
The Sunday tabloid quoted verbatim from three voicemails, and gave the impression they had been retrieved by the police themselves. After protests from Surrey police, the story was modified in later editions to suggest that the lead was merely a hoax.