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Mirror 'to reveal sources' names'
Daily Mirror photo of alleged abuse
The Daily Mirror published photos allegedly showing prisoner abuse
Executives at the Mirror newspaper are to reveal the names of the soldiers who gave them the faked Iraqi torture pictures, it is reported.

Trinity Mirror is to cooperate fully with the Ministry of Defence inquiry, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The Mirror apologised for publishing the hoax pictures on Saturday following the sacking of editor Piers Morgan.

The paper has said it will give its profits from the sale of the photos - estimated to be 50,000 - to charity.

When we say we will fully co-operate with the MoD, we mean exactly that
Trinity Mirror executive

The money is set to be split between an Armed Forces charity and the International Red Cross.

The newspaper said it would "not be right" to profit from the sale of the pictures.

But Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, told GMTV he had some doubts as to whether it was appropriate for the organisation to take the money.

The Telegraph said Trinity Mirror executives will reveal the identity of its sources for the story to the Royal Military Police (RMP).

A senior executive said: "When we say we will fully co-operate with the MoD, we mean exactly that.

"While we are committed as journalists to protecting our sources, that does not extend to people who have acted fraudulently in pursuit of money."

Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon told BBC's Breakfast With Frost programme that the RMP had already interviewed one of the Mirror's sources, Soldier C.

But he said: "There was nothing new in what he had to tell us."

'Quiet satisfaction'

On Saturday, the Mirror published a front page declaring "Sorry ... We Were Hoaxed".

In an editorial, the paper said they were published "in good faith, but added: "We apologise for publishing pictures which we now believe were not genuine.

"We also say sorry to the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and our Army in Iraq for publishing those pictures."

The regiment greeted the apology with "quiet satisfaction", and welcomed the paper's donation of proceeds to charity.

The Mirror's pictures were published on 1 May.

One photograph showed a soldier urinating on a hooded man while in another the hooded man is being hit with a rifle in the groin.

The pictures were investigated by the RMP, which said the truck shown in the photographs was never in Iraq.

On Friday the QLR also demonstrated to reporters aspects of uniform and equipment which it said proved the photographs were false.

Neither the government nor the regiment have denied abuses may have taken place in Iraq.

An RMP investigation into other alleged abuses by British soldiers of Iraqis is still continuing.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Defence said four UK soldiers who were arrested over alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners had been released without caution.

It said the arrests were not connected with the hoax pictures.


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