Cwmbran hacking hero was ignored

First published in Letters

 I FEEL strongly motivated to write to the South Wales Argus because this newspaper was the first to take notice of Cwmbran resident and important Leveson Inquiry witness Steven Nott.

I am astounded that the Leveson Inquiry, national media and our political representatives have all left the very serious questions raised by Steven Nott’s evidence completely unanswered.

Steven told me about the brick wall of denial and manipulation that he encountered when he discovered in 1999 that phone hacking was possible and quickly grasped the dire possibilities if this knowledge fell into the wrong hands.

Steven raised this issue with all of the relevant agencies and was met with indifference.

He suffered the misery of being ignored by powerful authorities when he had something very important to tell them.

The consequences of this are now clear for all to see; a major judicial inquiry, disgraceful invasions of privacy, widespread arrests of police and journalists and highly questionable relations between press oligarchs and government.

For Steven Nott - and as the first newspaper to listen to what he had to say - the South Wales Argus should vigorously pursue what Lord Leveson has failed to do.

Alastair Morgan, Gee Street, London

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