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Glover wrong on phone story

Stephen Glover writes (Comment, December 14) that The Guardian's story about the hacking of Milly Dowler's voicemail was not true. He is wrong.

We reported that the News of the World had hired Glenn Mulcaire, to hack into the voicemail of the missing girl; he succeeded; reporters listened to her messages; Surrey police had known this at the time and taken no action; some messages were deleted; as a result the Dowlers were given false hope Milly was still alive.

But one element has shifted. The police can no longer be sure exactly who caused the particular deletions which led to that 'false hope' moment. It is misleading to take this development and pretend it means our story was not true.


The Guardian, London

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