Hacked UK police blogger wins damages from Times

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 5:30 am •  Published: October 9, 2012
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LONDON (AP) — A police blogger unmasked after the Times of London hacked his email has been awarded 42,500 pounds ($68,000) in damages from the newspaper's publisher.

Rupert Murdoch's News International, which publishes the Times, said Tuesday it had agreed to pay damages and legal costs for Richard Horton.

Horton's lawyer Mark Lewis confirmed the settlement but said it would be inappropriate to say more given an ongoing police investigation.

"Although a substantial financial settlement has been achieved there is nothing that can undo the effect of the intrusion in the first place," he added in an email to The Associated Press.

The Times unmasked Horton as the detective behind the award-winning "NightJack" blog in a 2009 piece that Horton sued to try to suppress.

The blog provided a rare, behind-the-scenes look at policing in Britain, where many forces are so media shy that even spokespeople demand that their names be kept secret.

According to an account of the lawsuit published in Britain's New Statesman magazine, Horton's lawyer raised the possibility that the detective's Hotmail account had been illegally accessed — an allegation dismissed as "baseless" in 2009 by Times lawyer Alastair Brett.



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