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How scoop came to light – and why journalists fear a ‘knock on the door’: The Guardian.


The story of how the information given to The Telegraph blowing the lid off the MPs’ expenses is fascinating. It is suspected that someone on the Parliament pay roll did it for money, a great deal of money. The fault lies with Members of Parliament stalling the process for openess through the Freedom of Information Act. The intention of so many Members of Parliament wishing to to keep secret their expenses has led to this fiasco, but in the end this exposure can be healthy for democracy.

MPs must learn they are not above the law and are the servants of their constituents and their country.

“Stephen Brook & Audrey Gillan,THE GUARDIAN: “A person unknown in a government office copies an entire terabyte of data from a classified computer to a portable hard drive, which is then whisked away from under the noses of colleagues and security alike and spirited out of Westminster.

That hard drive contains revelatory material – all the expense claims made by 646 members of parliament over the last five years. Two million documents in all, including copies of expense claim forms, handwritten comments scrawled in margins, even attached sticky notes…”

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