NEVILE THURLBECK chief crime reporter for NOTW since 1995 and arrested for hacking was AGENT GEORGE for the secret security srrvices throughout that time providing vollumes of information both to the security services and NCIS. This puts the whole affair into another dimension…..among info he provided was that about threats to the Queen and other senior stablishment figures.
The most damaging revelation, however, is that Thurlbeck, who became the paper’s chief reporter, worked closely with Scotland Yard as official police source No 281.
He was an unpaid employee of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), a liaison body between Scotland Yard’s Special Branch and MI5
Sources close to Thurlbeck said that “people right at the top of News International were aware of his role”.
There is a long tradition of reporters acting as two way conduits of information to the security seervices if not being actual agents. The Observer seems especially prone to gthis with the well documented case of DAVID ROSE and others. I suspect half the reporters on the NOTW were providing two way info to the cops.