The hacking scandal is not over yet and new revelations on computer hacking are set to “dwarf what we have seen so far,” Tom Watson believes.
Talking exclusively to Prospect, the MP who has spearheaded the parliamentary probe into phone-hacking declares: “We are not through this scandal yet. Computer hacking is next and it may dwarf what we have seen so far.”
Referring to “Operation Tuleta,” the police investigation into computer hacking reporting to Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, Watson says: “I have seen evidence that strongly suggests computer hacking was more widespread across a number of industries. By this I mean the use of “Trojan” devices used to illicitly disclose the content on hard drives.” He adds: “The police inquiry has quite a long way to go before the full scandal is revealed.”
In the wide-ranging interview, Watson:
Reveals he is “Disappointed that some of my colleagues would lend their reputations to the Sun on Sunday”—referring to Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper and David Miliband. Outlines his version of attempts by Rebekah Brooks to “exact retribution” on him via senior Labour politicians. Calls on his former ally Gordon Brown to “take responsibility for relationship” with Murdoch and “reveal all contact” with News International. Describes Rupert Murdoch’s UK titles are “the ultimate floating voters—with menace.” Praises Louise Mensch as “the most honest member of the [Culture, Media and Sport select] committee… I like her a lot.” Talks about his own feelings of “isolation” during the hacking scandal’s exposure, and his own uncertain future.
On Labour colleagues writing for the Sun on Sunday:
Watson expresses his disapproval over fellow Labour MPs’ willingness to contribute to the new title that Murdoch started in February to replace the News of the World.
“I felt disappointed that some of my colleagues would lend their reputations to the Sun on Sunday so quickly. ‘O, most wicked speed to… incestuous sheets,’ he says, quoting Hamlet. So far, Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper and David Miliband have contributed to the new title.
“Don’t get me wrong, I know they need to communicate through these columns. But the way the Sun on Sunday was published in an act of bravado—I thought there should have been a…