HMRC Leak Trial: Jury acquits Sun reporter Clodagh Hartley over civil servant payments

26 11 2014

Clodagh HartleyA Sun reporter has been cleared of plotting with a Government press officer to illegally leak a string of stories, including secrets of Alistair Darling’s 2010 budget, the Press Association reported. Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: Judge tells the jury they have to decide if payments to a civil servant were in the public interest

24 11 2014

Clodagh-HartleyAn Old Bailey judge told a jury today they had to decide if a journalist paying a civil servant for information was in the public interest or a commercially driven “corrupt relationship,” noting that: “the fact that a journalist thought a story was in the public interest is not a defence to this charge.” Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: Sun Journalist denies trying to discover tax details of war hero

18 11 2014

Old_bailey_signA Sun journalist denied in court today that she attempted to discover the confidential tax affairs of a decorated war hero. Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: News International Accountant questioned in court over alleged illegal payments

10 11 2014

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????News International denied police requests to access financial data during investigations into allegations of illegal payments to a civil servant the Old Bailey jury at the “HMRC Leak Trial” was told today. Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: Senior Treasury Official questioned over “political leaks” of budget news

7 11 2014

Old_bailey_signLeaks of information to the Sun: “undermined the budget process,” and may have led to a lower tax revenue for the government but yet, no investigation was ever undertaken an Old Bailey jury was told at the HMRC leak trial on 6 November 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: Press Official questioned over news management techniques

7 11 2014

hmrc-2A jury at the Old Bailey was reminded on Tuesday 4 November 2014 that a Government special advisor had emailed colleagues on 9/11 telling them today would be a: “good day to bury bad news.” Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: Press Officer was in charge of media for “Law Enforcement Desk”

5 11 2014

Clodagh-HartleyThe head of news at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs told an Old Bailey jury yesteday that a civil servant accused of selling information to The Sun newspaper was in charge of media relations at the HMRC’s “law enforcement desk.” Read the rest of this entry »