There is much speculation and rumour on twitter that Clarence Mitchell gave the NOTW permission to print Kate McCann’s diaries. This all stems from the testimony given today at the Leveson Inquiry.
During the Leveson Inquiry hearing, with regards to the transcript of what was said between Edmondson and Clarence Mitchell, Lord Leveson stated the following (Transcript of Afternoon Hearing 14 December 2011)
LORD JUSTICE LEVESON: Well, you’ve read this transcript, I’m sure. It’s clearly not a document that spells it out in words of one syllable, is it?
COLIN MYLER: You know, Mr Edmondson, given the number of times I asked him for the assurance to make sure that there was absolute clarity and understanding, had no view that there was anything ambiguous in what we were going to do.
LORD JUSTICE LEVESON: It may be, Mr Myler, that it’s unfair to ask you much more about this, but would you agree with this: this document is most clearly ambiguous?
COLIN MYLER:This —
LORD JUSTICE LEVESON: This is the transcript that you were sent by Mr Edmondson as establishing, presumably, the consent about which you were then concerned. And it’s not terribly clear. Would you agree with that?
Well you only have to read that to understand what Lord Leveson was getting at. He was saying in no uncertain terms that the transcript of the alleged conversation between Clarence Mitchell and Edmondson was not clear and therefore nobody could categorically state that Clarence Mitchell gave explicit permission for Kate McCann’s diary to be printed.
Several tweets have emerged from Andy Davies from Channel 4 News:
And the Telegraph reported at 5.3opm tonight the following with regards to what Andy Davies reported:
17.30 Clarence Mitchell has responded to the claim he approved the publiciation of the Kate McCann diary. He is very angry: he claims his contact with Edmondson was limited to one phone call and one text on the Friday and Saturday of publication. The text was “along the lines” of News of the World wanting to expose the lies of the Portuguese police (according to Channel 4’s Andy Davies). Mitchell claims at no point did Edmondson spell out that the News of the World had Kate McCann’s diary.
Well I know who I am going to believe, and it is definitely not Colin Myler and the NOTW team, or sure.
I am sure with phone records and electronic Mail, Leveson can and will get to the truth behind the News of the World printing Kate McCann’s diaries without her permission. And I do wonder if Clarence Mitchell will now be asked to attend the Leveson Inquiry.
Mind you it still does not get away from the fact that the Diaries that appeared in the News of the World and the Portuguese press should have been destroyed as per judge’s orders and no-way should they have found themselves in the hands of a Portuguese female journalist.
Let’s hope Portugal now takes a lead in this and investigates who gave those diaries to the female journalist and if they came from a Police Officer, which officer and why was the Judges Orders disobeyed? And above all what action is going to be taken over this incident?
UPDATE – FURTHER READING
Transcript of Afternoon Hearing 14 December 2011 (mentions of Kate McCann’s Diary by Colin Myler)
Transcript of Morning Hearing 15th December 2011 (includes Daniel Sanderson’s testimony)