The judge makes two very important points re Andy Coulson revealing David Blunkett’s affair with Kimberley Quinn – first a public interest justification that he was breaching security was never revealed in the public article- and secondly when he realised Blunkett’s phone had been hacked – he made no further inquiries way back in 2004 to find out whether phone hacking was widespread at the News of the World. One can only wonder why.
More argument from Andy Coulson’s lawyer that the editor knew nothing about phone hacking or what Glenn Mulcaire did.
So love cheat Andy Coulson says he knows he made a mistake exposing the David Blunkett affair by hacking his love messages – while engaged in an affair himself with Rebekah Brooks. But he can’t bring himself to admit he is a hypocrite.
Extraordinary amnesia by Rebekah Brooks over the Blunkett lover story – did Andy Coulson who she was having an on off affair herself tell her or not?
Another phone hacking denial from Rebekah Brooks- this over Blunkett’s affair
Kimberly Quinn was named by the redtop as being Mr Blunkett’s partner on Monday 16 April 2004, the day after its Sunday sister the News of the World broke the news of the affair between the Labour politician and the married woman.
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A report by Martin Hickman on the Hacked Off website also shows how Andy Coulson faced up David Blunkett – knowing possibly they had hacked phones of close colleagues – and was happy to intrude into Blunkett’s private life.
He reports: Transcripts of “deeply personal and intrusive” messages between Labour politician David Blunkett and his lover Kimberly Quinn were found in a safe at Britain’s biggest newspaper group, the hacking trial heard today.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC, told the jury that a series of mobile phone messages left for the publisher by the then Home Secretary were recovered from News International lawyer Tom Crone’s safe.”
…”Mr Blunkett had left voicemails on Mrs Quinn’s mobile phone in July 2004, in the weeks before the News of the World revealed the relationship in a front-page splash. A “draft” story about the affair, in which the writer chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck had used the children’s character’s Noddy and Big Ears in place of Mr Blunkett and Mrs Quinn, was also discovered in Mr Crone’s safe.”
Later Coulson faced up Blunkett.
Martin Hickman reports: “The court was later played a tape of a 20-minute meeting between Mr Coulson and Mr Blunkett on 13 August 2004 in which the journalist asked the politician to confirm the affair.
During the meeting, which took place two days before the story was published and which Mr Blunkett recorded, Mr Blunkett maintained that his private life should stay private. He asked Mr Coulson: “You’re asking me to say I’ve had a relationship with a married woman?”
Mr Coulson responded: “I want nothing more.”
One can only admire the audacity of a man putting down a Labour Cabinet minister in the very year he ended a six year clandestine relationship with Rebekah Brooks ( then Wade). The real salacious story seems to be their relationship which of course was not to be published. Obviously not in the public interest. Luckily for them nobody tapped their phones.