2 Aug 2011


See the article below this, Kuttner was the original architect of the massive money making campaign for Team McCann as the ultra wealthy world of football was targeted. 

I honestly believe the McCanns must be terrified as the net closes and they haplessly watch their former mates, under arrest, in custody etc.  Just wait for the knock Kate and Gerry.  That picture of Maddie in her Everton kit that he handed to the police in Portugal, in duplicate, not nice Gerry. 

Phone-hacking scandal: Stuart Kuttner is latest NoW exec to be arrestedFormer managing editor and one-time public face of the News of the World taken into custody

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Stuart Kuttner (left) with Sara and Michael Payne during the Sarah's Law campaign. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Stuart Kuttner, the public face of the News of the World and its most vocal public defender for 22 years, has been arrested by police investigating allegations of phone hacking and of bribing police officers to leak sensitive information.

As managing editor until his resignation in July 2009, Kuttner was in charge of finances at the now-defunct tabloid.

Kuttner, 71, was described at the time of his resignation by the last editor of the newspaper, Colin Myler, as a man whose "DNA is absolutely integrated into the newspaper which he has represented across the media with vigour".

Kuttner reportedly did not know he was going to be taken into custody when he arrived by appointment at a police station in London on Tuesday at 11am for questioning over the phone-hacking scandal.

Police from both Operation Weeting (the investigation into phone hacking) and Elveden (the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police), are understood to have arrested Kuttner, who is suffering serious health problems and recently returned from treatment in the US.

Kuttner is believed to have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977, and on suspicion of corruption contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

They are the same allegations that Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor and ex-News International chief executive, faces since her arrest last month.

When Brooks faced a Commons culture, media and sport select committee hearing last month she told MPs that payments to private investigators were the responsibility of the paper's managing editor's office.

Brooks admitted using private investigators during her time as editor of the tabloid between 2000 and 2003 for, she claimed, "purely legitimate" purposes.

When asked whether she had ever discussed individual payments to private investigators with Kuttner, she admitted that "payments to private investigators would have gone through the managing editor's office". But, she added: "I can't remember if we ever discussed individual payments."

Kuttner's role as the public face of the News of the World proved to be key to the tabloid under the editors, Rebekah Brooks – then Rebekah Wade – and her replacement, Andy Coulson, both of whom were reluctant to talk to the media.

When Brooks's "Sarah's Law" campaign caused public hysteria in some towns and cities across the UK, prompting strong protests against suspected paedophiles by some Portsmouth residents, during which cars were burned, it was Kuttner who faced the cameras.

He also played a role in the paper's dealing with Sara Payne in the years after her eight-year-old daughter, Sarah, was abducted and murdered in July 2000.

The Guardian revealed last week that Payne's mobile phone had been targeted by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire at a time when key members of the newspaper's executive staff were working hard to forge what Payne believed to be a close and genuine friendship. Kuttner was one of those who attended the funerals of her parents.

No reason was given for Kuttner's departure from the newspaper two years ago, shortly before the Guardian exclusive that blew the phone-hacking story wide open.

At the time, News International said he would continue to work on "specialised projects", including its Sarah's Law campaign.

In February 2008, he appeared on Radio 4's Today programme and claimed the News of the World was a "watchdog" which guarded against corruption among those in positions of power.

"If [the use of private investigators] happens, it shouldn't happen," he said.

"It happened once at the News of the World. The reporter was fired; he went to prison. The editor resigned."

He went on to argue that British journalism is "a very honourable profession" and that newspapers such as the News of the World had to act as watchdogs because "we live in an age of corrosion of politics and of public life – degradation".

His role as the public face of the News of the World continued when he visited Soham in 2002, following the disappearance of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, to defend the tabloid's decision to offer a reward of £150,000 in conjunction with the Sun newspaper for information that could lead to their safe return.

He also appeared on the BBC's Breakfast with Frost, responding to criticism of the reward and saying the man leading the investigation into the girls' disappearance, Detective Superintendent David Hankins, had welcomed it.

The managing editor was also an influential presence behind the scenes. When Gordon Brown and Tony Blair gave their first joint newspaper interview for more than 10 years to the tabloid in April 2005, Kuttner's byline was on the story, along with that of Ian Kirby, the paper's long-serving political editor.

The arrest of Kuttner, who was news editor at the London Evening Standard before moving to the NoW in 1987, is the 11th by Operation Weeting police.

After being questioned by police – a process that lasted 12 hours in the case of Brooks – he is expected to be released on bail until October.

Others arrested and bailed have included Brooks, ex-NoW editor Andy Coulson, ex-NoW assistant editor Ian Edmondson, ex-NoW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, senior ex-NoW journalist James Weatherup, freelance journalist Terenia Taras, an unnamed 63-year-old man and ex-NoW royal editor Clive Goodman.

Operation Elveden was also involved in Kuttner's arrest. Officers from Elveden are being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

• This article was amended on 2 August 2011. The original said that protesters in Portsmouth burned the homes of suspected paedophiles in 2000. This has been corrected.

Football joins hunt for Madeleine

By staff writers and wires

FOX SPORTS May 14, 2007 12:00AM

Support ... Everton's players show theirs for missing Madeleine. Pic: AFP Source: AFP

FOOTBALL, the world game, is putting its considerable weight behind a campaign to solve a little girl's suspected abduction during a family holiday in Portugal which has galvanised the UK.

Since four-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3 from her hotel room in the Algarve, her relatives have led a campaign that is drawing growing support from friends, ordinary Britons and celebrities.

Some of the celebrities appealing for help are Portuguese nationals living in Britain, such as Chelsea football coach Jose Mourinho and star players in the English football league.

Former England football captain David Beckham, who also played for Spanish giants Real Madrid, made a televised appeal.

Beckham held up a missing person poster written in Spanish, bearing a picture of the girl, who would have celebrated her fourth birthday on Saturday.

Others offering reward money are England football star Wayne Rooney and Bill Kenwright, the Everton football club chairman who saw pictures of Maddie wearing his club's shirt before they were released.

"One after another they've stepped forward,'' Kuttner told Sky News television.

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Everton players all wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "Please help find Madeleine" above her photograph as they walked out to play their final English Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"It's becoming something that is almost turning into a national phenomenon," British commentator Matthew D'Ancona said on BBC television.

Stuart Kuttner, managing editor of News Of The World and a leading force in efforts to offer money for information leading to her return, said the girl's disappearance has touched a national nerve.

"I think the whole country . . . is traumatised by this appalling event, and the support is immense," Kuttner told Sky News UK.

The newspaper and wealthy Britons like Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Virgin business tycoon Sir Richard Branson have offered a total of £2.5 million ($6 million) in rewards.

Other Britons have played smaller roles.

They have tied yellow ribbons, balloons and teddy bears onto railings at a war memorial in McCann's hometown of Rowley, central England, worn yellow arm bands at football matches and long-distance races, and attended prayer vigils.

Members of the public have also been helping relatives of her parents Kate and Gerry in Scotland, England and Ireland to e-mail photographs of the wide-eyed, blonde-haired girl to other countries so it can be widely displayed.

The International Family Law Group said it soon would be possible for members of the public to make their own donations.

Relatives said they feared that Maddie, as she is affectionately known, might no longer be in Portugal, but could have been taken through neighbouring Spain to some other country where the case has not received much publicity.

The campaign in Britain complements one in Portugal where a vigil has been held and where motorcyclists have driven around the country displaying posters of the girl.

Following the case in London are British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his finance minister Gordon Brown, who is on track to succeed him at the end of June in the top job and who has been photographed wearing a yellow ribbon.

The Times newspaper reported that Scottish businessman Stephen Winyard, a father of three who lives in Monaco, offered a reward of £1 million ($2.4 million) for decisive information.

"One of the most important things is to keep the story alive, of course keep the reality alive, keep it in the forefront of peoples' minds," Kuttner said.

Philomena McCann, the girl's aunt, who lives in Glasgow, Scotland, told the BBC that people can help by distributing her niece's picture to different countries, by praying for her or contacting members of parliament.

She said more than 40,000 copies of the poster had been downloaded from one site.

"We've had lots of feedback from people in Lisbon (the capital of Portugal) and in Spain," her aunt said.

"We have had such fantastic support from the world of football, business and the general population have been stupendous."

With Agence France-Presse

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viv said...

Confirmation again in the above article that she was "affectionately known as Maddie". Strange then the McCanns denied this and wanted her to be referred to as Madeleine.

Just picture Kate's book cover with the word Maddie on it instead of Madeleine.

People can call me cynical, I am, this was planned long before that holiday.

viv said...

Erm, we are paying you in cash, saves a nasty audit trail.

Something must have spooked News of the World in 2009 to bump him off as it were.

Stuart Kuttner – Screws' Mr Fixit – Dumped at last
July 8th, 2009 • Related • Filed Under
Filed Under: Featured • Politics • Privacy • Red Top Rundown
In a shock statement this afternoon, the News of the World announced that managing editor, Stuart Kuttner is to be removed from his post, and shunted off into a News International siding. The announcement has come without warning, and is a surprise to a large number of industry watchers who saw Kuttner as at the very hub of all major Screws activities and scams, indeed, as the embodiment of all that is evil at the core of the paper, along with key journalists and sociopaths, Mazher Mahmood and Neville “Onan the Barbarian” Thurlbeck.

Kuttner has been for over 20 years the whip-cracking schemer who always knew how to get what he wanted for the paper, who knew every trick in persuading hacks to misbehave, chiselling informers out of promised fees, covering up for the illegal activities of journalists and editors.
It was he who, with cold calculation, duped former Private Investigator, Glenn Mulcaire into taking extra payments in cash, direct from the royal editor, Clive Goodman for royal stories harvested by hacking into Prince Harry and Prince William’s voicemails. That way, when Mulcaire was caught, as he was absolutely bound to be, Kuttner and then editor Andy Couslon could claim they knew nothing about it. It was a disgraceful act of deception, and the cloud of it has hung over Coulson ever since, to the extent that it is now clear that, currently David Cameron’s chief spinner, he will not be able to go with him to Downing Street next May.

Mulcaire lost his contract and received a six month jail sentence, after which the paper was reported to have given him close on £200,000 to help him out, confirming their own complicity in crimes against the Data Protection Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. But that sum barely paid Mulcaire’s own legal costs and with a wife and five children, he has been struggling to get back on his feet – determined not to get tricked in to breaking the law again.

There must be more to be revealed regarding Kuttner’s abrupt departure, though you can be sure News International will do everything to protect their own secrets, in the way they complain others try to do against their own relentless onslaughts.

Who will go next? I predict Mazher Mahmood, and Onan the Barbarian.

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viv said...

An example below of how quickly media tactics were being used, I wonder if they call this the "mob effect". Oooh everyone is sorry about little Maddie and giving their parents pots of cash to find her cuz those Portuguese cops are useless...better dig deep then, do not want to be a mean and left out old Liverpudlian eh?

duncanmac Today at 3:52 pm

As soon as Madeleine disappeared they had immediate support from thousands of Everton fans and the money tins were soon being rattled around the stadium.

I support Everton and that is not true..

Di said...

Hi Viv

The same as the supposed standing ovation Gerry had at the Police convention, it never happened, all spin.

viv said...

Hiya Di

That is a good example. I have often asked these people who are actually working for Team McCann but pretend they are "antis", well can you provide me with evidence of this standing ovation? This is usually the point where they turn ugly, lol!

When John McCann said they were spending all their time negating myths, speculation and rumour, I think he got just one word wrong, he meant creating.

It is like this non sighting in India, I have never seen so much drivel written about precisely nothing to do with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

viv said...

Another one that baffles me Di, particularly given how Amazon badger you for a review. If Kate's book has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, how come there are only about 250 reviews? Or did Kate take out an injunction against any more one star reviews!

Mar said...

Hi Viv,

I haven't posted for a while but I'm still reading you. It's been hectic for me lately with relatives coming over to stay and now on holiday in sunny Spain :).

I've been following the hackgate scandal very closely and, for once, I have high hopes for a resolution on the Maddie case. It seems to me that a coverup is not an option anymore in light of what's happening at the moment, perhaps I'm being naive though!

I can't see how the Met can cover anything up now, if they are carrying a proper review of the case I'm confident we'll see some results.

I have to say I never thought this would happen, my faith in this country has somehow been restored after the last weeks' events.


Mar said...

By the way, are you on twitter? I've just joined, would love to follow you if you are. My username is Mar_MardeDudas.


viv said...

Hiya Mar

I hope you have a lovely time back in fantastic Spain, although the weather here at the moment is not much different!

Your sentiments are good ones, I do feel that the breakthrough with Hackgate is closely linked to a breakthrough in terms of justice for little Maddie. I do not think you are being naive at all, the links are clear enough. People have wondered at the power of the McCanns, the reality was it was the power of Murdoch and perhaps the odd senior Met Police Officer. Not that has undoubtedly been swept away, I think Leicester Police and the Portuguese deserve some backup to bring this lot to justice and they are getting it. I do think that may explain why Goncalo has now gone quiet, he just wants to see a result.

I think we probably have Theresa May to thank for pulling all the stops out on the McCann case and she has persuaded Cameron, politically, it is the right way to go. No more coverups, no more duff middle class parents getting the let off, particularly in the case of the McCanns and such a heinous crime, justice needs to be seen to be done, it is a very exceptional case that will send out a very strong message to others not to copy them any further or show such disdain and contempt for the welfare of their precious children.

I am on Twitter and have renewed my interest again, making some posts recently:


So follow away!


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