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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 07/20/2011

Piers Morgan lashes out at MP Louise Mensch for accusing him of phone hacking [VIDEO]


CNN anchor Piers Morgan on the “Today” show in happier times, and MP Louise Mensch speaking at Tuesday’s parliamentary hearing (AP Photo/Richard Drew — Image from YouTube )
(Watch Piers Morgan and Louise Mensch face off on Wolf Blitzer’s the Situation Room here.)

As the phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has unfolded, CNN anchor Piers Morgan, who was once editor of the Daily Mirror and now-defunct News of the World tabloids, has largely avoided talking about it.

But after MP Louise Mensch accused Morgan himself of hacking during a parliamentary committee hearing Tuesday, the outraged anchor came out to defend himself and his former boss Murdoch.

During the hearing, Mensch referred to Morgan’s memoir “The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade” as proof that News of the World editors not only knew about the phone-hacking, but used it to get scoops.

Mensch said Morgan even bragged of the practice in his book, quoting a line that read “that that little trick of entering a standard four digit code allow[s] anyone to call the number and hear all your messages,” a trick that enabled Morgan to win Scoop of the Year on a story.

The line from the book actually reads: “Apparently if you don’t change the standard security code that every phone comes with, then anyone can call your number and, if you don’t answer, tap in the standard four digit code to hear all your messages.”

Morgan was relating an instance in which he was advised to change his pin number out of fear his own phone was being hacked.

When Wolf Blitzer confronted Mensch on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with the differences between the two lines, Mensch laughed and said she would not repeat the line outside of Parliament.

MPs can say anthing they like inside Parliament without being sued, but outside Mensch would have no protection.

Morgan, who was on the phone line with Blitzer during the confrontation, was furious.

“She has absolutely no evidence of any of these [allegations]. ... I was pretty outraged actually,” Morgan said after Mensch concluded talking.

“When someone makes such a claim against your own integrity and does it based on a complete falsehood and then hides behind parliamentary privilege ... it’s pretty rich.”

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