Apart from one unnamed 63 year old man, why have the Metropolitan Police only arresting and "named and shamed" only nine current and former journalists in their Operation Weeting follow on investigation into the News of the World mobile phone voicemail hacking scandal ?
Why have no current or former Police officers or mobile phone company insiders been arrested or "named and shamed" ?
Laura Elston, a royal reporter for the Press Association, dropped from inquiry after police speak to Clarence House
guardian.co.uk, Monday 18 July 2011 15.45 BST
A journalist arrested by police investigating phone hacking at the News of the World faces no further action, her lawyer said on Monday.
Laura Elston, 34, who works for the Press Association news agency, was held for several hours on 27 June when she voluntarily went to a central London police station.
Her solicitor, David Corker, said he had been told she faced no further action: "She has been dropped from the inquiry."
Scotland Yard confirmed a 34-year-old arrested in June had had her bail cancelled and been told she faced no further action.
Elston had been questioned on suspicion of intercepting communications, contrary to section 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and was the only journalist arrested so far with no known News International links.
She was interviewed by detectives on Operation Weeting, the investigation launched by the Metropolitan police in January following new allegations of phone hacking.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Elston was arrested on suspicion of hacking the voicemails of Prince Charles's spokesman Paddy Harverson.
The allegation related to Elston's phone being used to call Harverson when they were both in Lesotho in 2006.
The paper said it understood Harverson told police he borrowed her phone to access voicemails because his own mobile was not working.
Clarence House was reportedly satisfied Elston did nothing criminal and told detectives she was innocent.
- Why, exactly, did the Operation Weeting team not bother speaking with the victim of this alleged voicemail hacking before they arrested PA Journalist Laura Elston ??
- Are the Metropolitan Police now so bureaucratically Kafkaesque that they cannot clear up a line of investigation by speaking to someone without arresting them first ?
- Why would a real voicemail hacker use their own, traceable mobile phone, rather than an anonymous one ?
- Why did they not look at the Cell Phone Location Data for the two mobile phones ? Surely they could not have mistaken the Kingdom of Lesotho in South Africa , for the Wapping offices of the News of the World in East London ?
"No further action" is an evil bureaucratic (literal) cop out.
Where is the public apology from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers in charge of Operation Weeting or from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner (or his deputy) himself ?
The Government might as well announce a couple of independent inquiries into the only 7 months old Operation Weeting right now, rather in a year or two's time.
Either they are incompetent and they really have no clue about mobile phone Communications Data investigations or they deliberately abused their power of arrest, perhaps to be somehow seen to be "making progress" with this highly political investigation.
Perhaps the Serious Organised Crime Agency should take over Operation Weeting and Operation Elsdon (corrupt payments) and Operation Tuleta (computer hacking, not limited to just News International newspapers) before the Metropolitan Police make further fools of themselves and lose even more public trust over the affair.