From hard copy of Independent to day (cannot find
links on internet version)
Kim Sengupta's article "Has Mirror king of
chutzpah finally taken a gamble too far?"
" There have been persistent rumours, fuelled
by rival publications, that the Daily Mirror has been the subject of a sting,
and will be embarrassingly exposed."
Colin Brown's article "Newspaper urged to
name "abuse" sources
"Uncomfirmed reports were circulating at
Westminster that the photographs had been faked by a private security firm
operating in Iraq with a grudge aginst anticoalition media".
Very easy to get into conspiracy mode with this
government, but I can't help thinking that this could explain some of the govt
responses - very quick off mark to get Jackson, get Parl. Comm. to hint
that will question Morgan, then confirm, then haul him over the coals, smear and
ridicule him when hoax discovered/confirmed, force him to resign. Another
source of media opposition disposed of. Similarities with Gilligan and