Research by the Sunday Times appears to have disproved the theory that a disgruntled journalist started the Twitter storm which led to Ryan Giggs being named as the footballer at the centre of a privacy row.
On 14 April, Mr Justice Eady granted an anonymised injunction banning The Sun from naming a married footballer who had an affair with former Miss Wales Imogen Thomas.
According to The Sunday Times, a blogger who formerly worked for a photographic agency which covered the High Court, posted a photograph of Thomas on his blog that afternoon along with the headline: ‘Imogen Thomas is from Wales. Who else do you know from Wales?”
In the blog post he reportedly wrote about a ‘player at a top premiership club’who was ‘probably hoping to get another year out of his ageing legs”.
Then, according to the Sunday Times, James Webley, 37, a digital marketing analyst at a high street bank found Wheeler’s blog post via Google and at around 10pm posted the following Tweet: ‘So if Ryan Giggs wanted to cover up a hypothetical affair with Big Brother’s Imogen Thomas would that be a super-injunction or a regular one?’
The Sunday Times believes that this was one of the earliest Tweets – if not the earliest – to make the connection and it was re-tweeted by another Twitter user to nearly 1,000 followers.