A new revelation in the News of the World voicemail hacking scandal goes to the heart of one of Rebekah Brooks’s most prized accomplishments as editor of the the News of the World.
Scotland Yard has revealed that one of the names on the list of the investigator linked to the hacking was Sara Payne, the mother of schoolgirl Sarah Payne, who was killed at the age of 8 by a pedophile.
The Guardian reports that Payne was informed by the Scotland Yard her name appeared among investigator Glenn Mulcaire’s notes.
Payne has been one of the News of the World’s biggest supporters since the campaign she started in tribute to her daughter, “Sarah’s Law,” was championed by the paper.
It was a subject Brooks brought up in defense of her position amid the unfolding phone hacking scandal. In a letter prior to her resignation as head of News International, Brooks wrote:
I hope that you all realize it is inconceivable that I knew or worse, sanctioned these appalling allegations. I am proud of the many successful newspaper campaigns at the Sun and the News of the World under my editorship. In particular, the ten year fight for Sarah's Law is especially personal to me.
Payne’s friends told the Guardian that the mother, who wrote a farewell column in the paper’s final edition, was appalled and devastated by the betrayal. The paper was shuttered by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. because of the scandal.