20 May 2013
Lord Stevens (Sir John Stevens) Sold Secrets
Below is a story that has just broke in the UK, for legal reasons the paper
cannot name the senior former police officer. Can you please do this (public
interest). The former officer is Lord Stevens (Sir John Stevens).
The Metropolitan Police gagged the Leveson Inquiry over claims that one of
Blair's top officers sold secrets to the News of the World
Timing: Lord Justice Leveson was unable to refer to bombshell report
20 May 2013
The Met "gagged" the Leveson Inquiry from revealing intelligence that a very
senior former police officer passed on sensitive information to the News
of the World, the Standard reveals today.
The force claimed a "public interest immunity certificate" to ban the disclosure
of a report that alleged the officer was obtaining highly confidential
information on decisions taken by Lord Blair when he was Commissioner.
The classified document, which the Met withheld from the Leveson Inquiry
until after it could have been usefully raised in the public hearings, suggested
the officer who is not named for legal reasons passed the leak
on to the tabloid for money.
When it was finally passed to the inquiry, Scotland Yard claimed "public
interest immunity" which prevented Lord Justice Leveson from referring to
it in public or considering it for the conclusions in his landmark report
into inappropriate relationships between the press and police.