Leveson inquiry: ex-Times legal boss gives evidence on NightJack court bid | Media | guardian.co.uk

by peterjukes

At a conference to discuss press regulation at the Institute of Government last night, Brett openly admitted that when he initially gave the Times advice about the NightJack story he “stupidly” concentrated too much on the Data Protection Act, which has a public interest defence, rather than the Computer Misuse Act, which does not..

This was when the reporter, Patrick Foster, initially wrote the story and sought legal advice internally from Brett admitting that he had guessed the password into the blogger’s email account, according to Harding’s Leveson inquiry witness statement. Brett told him the story was dead in the water unless he could identify Horton through legitimate means.

via Leveson inquiry: ex-Times legal boss gives evidence on NightJack court bid | Media | guardian.co.uk.

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