An intelligence officer who believes he was the victim of computer hacking by the News of the World has accused the Metropolitan Police of endemic corruption.
The Met announced on Saturday that it had set up a new inquiry to investigate complaints of breaches of privacy from people who claimed their emails had been accessed by hackers working for newspapers.

It is thought the case of Ian Hurst, who in March told the BBC’s Panorama he feared the Irish edition of the News of the World had hacked into his private emails to discover information about IRA informers, is one of those that prompted the police probe.
However, Mr. Hurst is angry that it has taken the police so long to act on allegations that date back to 2006 and claimed the slow progress was evidence of ‘corruption’.

‘It’s incredibly important that we understand the rationale for the decisions to effectively sweep this under the carpet,’ the ex-Army intelligence officer told Sky News.

Mr. Hurst added: ‘Fundamentally, what lays behind this whole cesspit – not since 2006, it predates it by many years before that – we’re dealing with institutionalised corruption.
‘It’s endemic within the Metropolitan Police and that has to be dealt with.’
He also claimed a private investigator had admitted to using a ‘Trojan virus’ to gain access to his emails and social media activity.

Yet another allegation from a credible source that the Met are out of control and a law unto themselves. What we’ve seen so far with respect to phone hacking by News international is simply the tip of the Iceberg. If and when evidence appears of corruption and collusion by members of the Metropolitan Police then they will have to win a serious hearts and minds operation with the British Public because as it stands now, it would appear to be only a matter of weeks or months before their credibility will be in absolute tatters.