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Blogger threatens to sue anti-porn MP who accused him of ‘sponsoring’ hack of her website

A political blogger has threatened to sue an MP who accused him of ‘sponsoring’ a hack of her website.

Paul Staines, who blogs and tweets under the pseudonym Guido Fawkes, has instructed lawyers to write to Claire Perry MP after she alleged he had "sponsored" the attack.

Hackers posted pornographic images on Ms Perry’s site following her outspoken support for the Prime Minister’s proposal for ISPs to adopt ‘opt-out’ blocks on porn sites.

David Cameron wants ISPs to automatically block pornography and other adult content until households actively ask them not to.
Tory Ms Perry tweeted on Tuesday: "Apologies to anyone affected by the hacking of my website sponsored by @GuidoFawkes – proves so clearly what we are dealing with."

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She earlier accused him of distributing porn, writing on Twitter: "That well known responsible campaigner @guidofawkes has been hosting a link that distributed porn via my website."

The blogger retorted that the link he posted on Twitter to his blog simply showed a safe for work screenshot of a part of the hacked page and did not contain pornographic images.

On his blog, he wrote: "[The accusations] are without any foundation, merit or a shred of evidence to back them up. Guido suspects it is based on Perry’s dislike of the blog bringing the pushy MP back down to earth occasionally."

After a public vote on his website which he claimed saw 2,404 people poll in favour of taking legal action, he said he has instructed lawyers to write to Ms Perry.

Ms Perry has not tweeted since Tuesday, when she said: "Hungry family means I have to rejoin the (non-Westminster) real world. Suggest all those bloggers [with] made-up names (bless) do the same!"
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