originally by: The Independent
published: 16 April 2012
Scotland Yard today faces claims of a secret campaign from inside the highest ranks of the force to oust the former Commissioner Ian Blair – a civil war that pitted senior colleagues against one another and undermined its leadership during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history.
The extraordinary allegations are contained in a suppressed police-intelligence report which outlines allegations that a senior Met manager set out to cripple his own Commissioner. It will lead to renewed scrutiny of the entangled relationship between the Metropolitan Police and Rupert Murdoch’s News International.
Lord Blair, whose tenure as Britain’s top police officer between 2005 and 2008 was dogged by a long-running newspaper campaign questioning his competence, has demanded to know why he was kept in the dark about the existence of the report.
He saw the internal intelligence document – written in 2006 by an officer serving on the Yard’s original phone-hacking inquiry – for the first time only earlier this year.