NightJack blogger sues the Times

Richard Horton sues paper for computer hacking, his lawyer Mark Lewis announces.

NightJack blogger sues the Times
James Harding, editor of The Times newspaper, leaves the High Court in central London on January 17, 2012 after delivering evidence to the Leveson inquiry. Photo: Getty Images

Read David Allen Green's blog "The story of how, in a string of managerial and legal lapses, the Times hacked NightJack and effectively misled the High Court" here

Richard Horton, the author of the anonymous NightJack blog, is suing the Times newspaper citing breach of confidence, misuse of private information and deceit. Horton is being represented by Mark Lewis, the libel and privacy lawyer in hacking cases against News International.

In 2009, the Times revealed Horton, a detective of the Lancashire police force, as the blogger behind NightJack. The Murdoch-owned paper initially denied accessing Horton's emails but later admitted a journalist had done so to confirm the story.

The Times editor, James Harding, told the Leveson inquiry that evidence of the paper's involvement in email hacking had previously been withheld from the High Court. Harding wrote to Mr Justice Eady to apologise, and has denied he agreed to or was made aware of the hacking.

Alastair Brett, the Times's former legal manager, told the inquiry into press standards that legal documents filed to the High Court did not give the "fully story"; one named Patrick Foster as the reporter who established Horton's identity, and that he did so using "publicly-available materials, patience and simple deduction".

NightJack won the Orwell Prize for blogging in 2009. Horton is claiming aggravated and exemplary damages from the Times.

Read David Allen Green's blog "The story of how, in a string of managerial and legal lapses, the Times hacked NightJack and effectively misled the High Court" here