‘Phone-hacking heir apparent’ who wrote string of libels against left figures accused by investor of involvement in hacking scandal and trying to profit further from it
Anti-Corbyn hack Lee Harpin – responsible for a string of libels against left-wingers as well as playing a major role in the barrage against Corbyn during the ‘Labour antisemitism’ smear campaign – has been accused in court of key involvement in the phone-hacking scandal at the Mirror newspaper group and then ‘blackmailing’ his former employers with a threat to reveal all if they did not protect him.
Investor Brian Basham has told a High Court hearing that Harpin, “the phone-hacking ‘dauphin’, or heir apparent”,
was blackmailing the company to prevent them from penalising him for his phone-hacking activities by threatening to blow the whistle on everything he knew about their phone-hacking problem if they did.
In response to the accusations, Harpin said:
I categorically deny the allegations. No one has contacted me from either side to give evidence so I have not been given a chance to respond to these outrageous allegations.
The Mirror Group, at the time, was still denying publicly that its staff had engaged in phone hacking, after the scandal brought down the News of the World, but has since paid out more than £100 million in legal settlements and fees to victims.
Harpin moved on to the Jewish Chronicle, penning a string of attacks on left-wingers during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party cost that right-wing publication repeated, ‘substantial’ libel pay-outs and adverse judgments by regulator IPSO. His smears included a notorious ‘litany of lies’ about Liverpool legend Audrey White and antisemitism smears against Nada Al-Sanjari that the paper subsequently admitted were ‘completely unfounded’. He now works for Jewish News.
A Harpin attack on Skwawkbox also recently backfired when his tweet mocking this site led to donations from supporters happy to give ‘one in the eye’ to the right-wing hack.
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