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A watchdog alleges that a Scotland Yard unit illegally obtained the private emails of hundreds of political activists and journalists.
IPCC (The Independent Police Complaints Commission) started its investigation after an anonymous individual claimed that the Scotland Yard Unit used hackers from India to obtain the passwords of the email accounts of the activities, and some reporters and press photographers.
The individual, who said he or she worked for the intelligence unit that monitors the activities of political activists, described the claims in a letter to the Green party peer Jenny Jones. It was claimed that the police regularly checked the email accounts to collect information about protests.

In a statement on Thursday, the IPCC announced it would like to contact the author of the letter, who is assumed to be a serving or retired officer. The IPCC also said it would like to speak to any other current or former police officers or staff members with information about these allegations.
Sarah Green, the IPCC’s deputy chair, said: “These are clearly serious allegations and the IPCC is conducting a comprehensive investigation into the matters raised. This will be a complex investigation given the potential involvement of foreign participants.

We would like to hear from the officer who brought these allegations to light or any other officers or police staff who may be able to provide information of use to the IPCC investigation.”

The IPCC confirmed in March that it had launched the investigation into the claims made in the letter. The author of the letter had named 10 activists, along with the passwords they had used to open their emails.

Lawyers at Bindmans working for Jones have contacted eight of the activists and asked them to volunteer their passwords. Seven gave passwords identical to the ones listed, while one responded with a password that closely resembled the one in the letter. Two cannot be traced.
In its statement on Thursday, the IPCC said it was looking at whether officers from the national domestic extremism and disorder intelligence unit (NDEDIU) “contacted Indian counterparts and if the services of computer hackers in India were obtained to access email accounts. It will also examine if any officers within NDEDIU used any information gained from this contact if it took place.”
In a similar investigation, the IPCC has revealed evidence that the Metropolitan police unit shredded a large number of documents despite an official instruction that the files should be preserved to be scrutinized by a public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political groups. The public inquiry is being led by a senior judge, Lord Justice Pitchford.
The author of the letter alleged that the documents were destroyed as they revealed that police officers were “engaged in illegal activities to obtain intelligence on protest groups”.

The IPCC is also investigating allegations that the unit destroyed files it had collected on the political activities of Jones. The allegations – brought to light by David Williams, a whistleblower who worked for the unit – were revealed by the Guardian last year.
Jones said: “I have no doubt that a significant number of police officers knew of this illegal activity. I can understand their reasons for hesitancy to come forward as whistleblowers but it is in the public interest for them to do so.
“The IPCC investigation, combined with the Pitchford inquiry into undercover policing, give brave policing professionals a chance to expose bad practice and restore their reputation for political neutrality.”

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