Piers Morgan, the CNN talk show host, may find his past coming back to haunt him.
Morgan was at one time a top editor at News of the World, the now-defunct British tabloid which has vanished after it was revealed the paper had hacked the phones of thousands of people, including a murdered girl. He also worked for Murdoch’s Sun paper and edited the Daily Mirror, which is not owned by Murdoch.
According to a blog written under the name Guido Fawkes, Morgan was the editor of the Mirror when it broke the news in 2002 of an affair between TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson and then coach of England football Sven Goran Eriksson, was the result of phone hacking. The blog suggests that the revelation was the result of result of the hacking of Jonsson’s phone and that Morgan was likely aware of it -- though the Mirror has denied such allegations.
In fact, the aforementioned blog directly quoted a book Morgan has written on the UK tabloid industry. The specific quote cited was: “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. I’ll change mine just in case, but it makes me wonder how many public figures and celebrities are aware of this little trick.”
Moreover, some British MPs are declaring that Morgan should be questioned for what he knows about hacking by British tabloids.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Aidan Burley, Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, said: “Piers Morgan should be called to the phone-hacking inquiry to face questions on oath.”
Adrian Sanders, the Liberal-Democrat MP for Torbay, has already linked the Daily Mirror in the scandal.
Morgan apparently hasn’t directly commented on the hacking scandal yet, however he did express regret for the arrest of his friend Andy Coulson, the former editor rat News of the World.