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News Corp To Shutter News Of The World On Sunday As Phonehacking Scandal Claims First Victim

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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:54 | 1432759 msnrochny
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Just taking the summer off.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:01 | 1432796 Herd Redirectio...
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So wait a second, police officers were bribed.  Whats next, you are going to tell me the Justice System has been corrupted, and there are two sets of rules, depening on how rich you are?  Oh wait, thats been the case for years now.

Oh the humanity!  What next? Will we discover our financial system is a house of cards, resting on intrinsically worthless paper?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:55 | 1433046 Ahmeexnal
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Now we know why Christopher Shale -David Cameron's friend (with benefits)- "spontaneously combusted" in a portable toiled during Glastonbury music festival:


No, it wasn't the burritos.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:41 | 1433208 Buckaroo Banzai
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The Jam had something to say about this in 1978.



Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:18 | 1432877 Transitory Disi...
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They probably have something on these "MP's".  This is from last year!!!!



Friday 10 September 2010


Channel 4 News learns that members of the committee set up to investigate phone hacking shied away from forcing News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks to attend a meeting with them.

...... more at linky

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:21 | 1432891 King_of_simpletons
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Offcourse.... Rupert Murdoch's organization of pit bulls and scum.

What did you expect from the Mother Puckers ? Hack into those MPs phones and let their lives lay bare in a tabloid.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:27 | 1432918 Rodent Freikorps
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Murdoch's son, is to Murdoch as Commodus was to Marcus Aurelius.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:26 | 1433146 Antipodeus
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Sorry, which one is supposed to resemble Marcus Aerelius?


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:11 | 1433324 Ruffcut
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Oh, poor fux news corp and the rupy kingpin(head).

There is nothing wrong hacking the hacks.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:56 | 1432768 redpill
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I'm trying to care....


nope, failed


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:40 | 1432973 Ricky Bobby
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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:58 | 1432779 scratch_and_sniff
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Its not enough! Drop the BskyB deal, and fuck off back to Austraila...this old coddger has too many fingers in too many pies.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:41 | 1432982 equity_momo
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Indeed. And far too much influence.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:47 | 1433010 scratch_and_sniff
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The name "Sunday Sun", was registered as a uk newspaper title on the 5th july, 2 days ago...beyond surreal.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:54 | 1433047 equity_momo
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Oh i have no doubt the scum who run and work on that paper will be reincarnated. And now i know the name of their new paper. Murdoch treats the British public like morons , unfortunately he has time and time again been proven to be correct.

There will be the typical (faux) outrage , campaigns to avoid all Murdoch products and services but given time (a short amount) the plebs will be back to their Sky TV Super Soccer packages and Page 3 boobies.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:04 | 1433083 scratch_and_sniff
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Absolutely, kick it into the long grass and wait until the pond life want to read about Ronaldo McRooney catching crabs...

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:05 | 1433084 Ahmeexnal
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And don't forget the exclusive gossip surrounding the "royals". That's what the sheeple live and die for!

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:44 | 1433458 WakeyWakey
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Oh i dont know. Remember the Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at a football match. Most people crushed lost control of their bladders and pished themselves and people were going through pockets looking for ID to give to get a list of the dead to the Police.


The News Of The World sister paper, the Sun, printed front page lies that Thieving Scousers stole from the dead and pissed on the dead. 22 years later people still dont buy the Sun in Liverpool, at the time they not only boycotted the paper and newsagents that stocked it, they dragged it out of the shops into the street and burnt them. It was dropped from shelves within days.

What this story doesn't touch on is why. The hacking scandal was originally journalists hacking into voicemails of celebrities to try and get a scoop. It now turns out they hacked into the voicemail of a murdered 14 year old girl. At the time she was just missing but they not only hacked into her voicemail to try and get a story, they deleted messages when the mailbox was full so more messages could be left. This gave their parents false hope that she may have still been alive.


Since that story broke on Monday, on Tuesday it was revealed they had hacked into family voicemails of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, two more murdered teenage girls. Yesterday it turned out they had hacked into voicemails of relatives of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London and today there is allegations they have hacked phones of relatives of dead soldiers in Afghanistan.


It's sick and is typical of the Murdoch empire. I hope the revulsion of this story crosses over to the states and the Fox empire collapses too. The world would be a better place without this Ozzie twat peddling his propaganda. 






Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:02 | 1433281 YHC-FTSE
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The UK police and politicians have been admitting that they are shit scared of Murdoch for years, in public! If they are that panicked, they should just call out the SAS to deal with that scum.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:29 | 1433156 Antipodeus
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Sorry Scratch, but he's an American citizen now, and YOU'RE stuck with him for a change.  Took us long enough to get rid of him the first time.


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:59 | 1433273 YHC-FTSE
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"Drop the BskyB deal, and fuck off back to Austraila"

Replace BSkyB with Fox, News of the World, The Sun, The Times, and The Wall St Journal - Been saying the same thing for years. Replace Australia with Israel, and I'd be even happier - Zionists don't belong with civilized people. 

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:00 | 1432785 Contra_Man
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... and yet the Banksters still roam free.

eg. Stanford awaits trial as Judge delays counterparty disclosure

until January 2012 from his original arrest dating back to 2009!



Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:00 | 1432787 SheepDog-One
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Im also trying to care....OOo almost had it for a second there! Nope, lost it, just dont care that the crybaby news hackers got their phone email hacked.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:02 | 1432795 Careless Whisper
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I get my news from a legit newspaper.


Oh wait, that is a real story.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:04 | 1432815 Herd Redirectio...
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What is terrorism any way?  Isn't that like, when you would threaten violence against a nation, hoping that the threat alone changes their very way and quality of life?  Wouldn't your goal be to try to keep people living in fear?

So why are we letting the terrorists (the Fed, the gov't, TSA, etc.) win?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:11 | 1432843 Careless Whisper
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TSA: must. stop. dr. goldfoot.




Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:02 | 1432799 carbonmutant
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"News of the World paid £100,000 bribes to Met police officers"

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:41 | 1432977 cougar_w
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May a thousand paper shredders bloom.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:47 | 1433011 carbonmutant
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The real story here is the impact on the British government, paper shredders indeed...

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:02 | 1432801 Robslob
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I had a thought:


Let Bernie Madoff replace Timah Geetner as Secretary of the Treasury?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:03 | 1432807 PulauHantu29
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Probably doesn't matter mcuh since most of the news is someone's propaganda nowadays.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:12 | 1432811 Cognitive Dissonance
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No loss. I gave up on The Weekly Reader a few years ago when they jumped the shark whale and lost all credibility.


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:04 | 1432812 scratch_and_sniff
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This is a strategic move, hes trying to butter up the public so the BskyB deal keeps its legs...he will open of a new paper next month with the same hacks, "The World News" or some other shit. He has Cameron and the tories in his pocket, he is probably taking advice from Camerons spin doctors. Cunt.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:18 | 1432880 Turkey
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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:05 | 1432819 FluffyCone
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So what was the actual scandal?  What did the organization do?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:13 | 1432849 Quintus
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Their journalists hired private investigators to hack into the private voicemail messages of (among others) 

- relatives of servicemen killed in Afghanistan

- Senior politicians

- Assorted irrelevant Celebs.

- A murdered teenage girl

The last was particularly upsetting to many people, as the investigator started deleting messages to make room for more.  Since the girl was missing at that point and teh body had not been found, it gave the unfortunate parents false hope that she was still alive and was checking her messages.  

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:48 | 1432962 Marcus_Junius_Brutus
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It's pretty black.

They hacked a lot of voicemail and email. AT first we thought it was just celebs. Yawn who cares. But it turns out to go a LOT deeper than that. Murder victims, terrorist victims, dead soldiers families, politicians, royalty. In one HIGH profile case deleting voicemail from a murdered girl's phone so they could get to the newer messages... which then made everyone think she was still alive... It turns out they interfered in a lot of investigations. Police think about 4000 victims. They paid money to police officers for info. When some of their own investigators were under investigation for murder they did their own investigation of the detectives looking for dirt... Incidentally the investigators were arrested but never prosecuted for the murder although they were subsequently convicted of other crimes...

Somehow the first police investigation into all this failed to find anything. And the guy who was the lead prosecutor just joined the company yesterday...

A politician sued them for hacking his email. The politician was then jailed for perjury when the paper claimed they didn't carry out such activities. In court the journo who authorised the payments to police claimed under oath that there were no such payments... Obviously the politicians conviction is now under question cos the activities he claimed have now been shown to happen... 

Er did I mention that the journo authorising the payment then went to work for the Prime Minister - equivalent position to White House chief of staff. And people who knew what had been happening warned the Prime Minister BEFORE he confirmed the appointment. Or that the Prime Minister's other close friend (they go riding regularly) was the previous editor of the paper in question and claims to know nothing although she was known for her very hands on style... And some of the events in question definitely happened on her watch. Now Murdoch's chief exec in the UK...

So who did NI choose to head up the internal investigation? Yes - she has to investigate herself. Meanwhile the police were about to investigate themselves too... fortunately that has now been refererred to the police complaints authority...

Then there is Murdoch's deal to buy 100% control (he currently has 39%) of the UK's premier satellite broadcaster... UK politicians run scared of him and daren't criticise  because he owns around 40% of the deadwood press too... Even now the government is still trying to allow the deal to go ahead (although they are now delaying it for a couple of months to let public anger cool down). Meanwhile the public are deluging the government with opposition to the deal... It's looking dirty. The minister who previously had responsibility amd was trying to block the deal had responsibility unceremoniously yanked out from underneath him and passed to a politician who was generally sympathetic to Murdoch's empire... 

Then there was the attempt (according to claims in Parliament) to delete emails. And Murdoch's son had admitted approving out of court payments (in Parliament it was claimed to keep victims quiet...)

We don't have fixed term parliaments in the UK and the government is a coalition with the 2nd party looking on very uneasily... You could be watching the death of the British government... Which would put the public in a quandary becasue they're not exactly enthusiastic about the opposition party either... errrr did I mention the main spin doctor for the opposition also come from NI and his email instructing opposition spokesmen on how to handle the satellite deal leaked...

To get a view of how it affects the Government...


And that is a VERY brief summary of the rather complicated mess. The whole thing is looking halfway between Burlesconi and Watergate... 

This story still has a lot of legs. Killing the paper is just an attempt to smother it before more leaks. And an attampt to keep both the deal and the government alive... Maybe it will succeed and people will lose interest... And may be the revelations will just keep flowing.

Incidentally - Murdoch won't mourn this paper. It's sister paper (the Sun - also a tabloid - best known for page 3 topless girls) is ready to produce a Sunday edition. Hmmmm... and over the years a lot of the editors from News of World then went on to the Sun... I wonder if they took their working practices with them...


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:00 | 1433275 bread n circuses
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Thank you for this summary.  This is the first I've heard of this story and following the Telegraph links is like reading the story backward.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:52 | 1433039 Coffin Dodger
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Slightly more serious

- in 2002 an investigation (the fifth, the first four having been failures) into the death of a Private Investigator called Daniel Morgan was launched by the Met Police. Daniel Morgan was found in a car park in London with an axe buried in his head. Mr Morgan had links to the News of the World.

The detective in charge of the new investigation, Chris Cook, quickly found himself to be under surveillance by the News of the World. They were looking for dirt on him to be able to discredit him for some reason.

The then editor of the NotW, Rebekah Brooks, (now in charge of UK ops of News International) was questioned about the surveillance of a Met Police Officer and made up a pack of lies about the reason Detective Cook was being followed.

Rebekah Brooks is a close personal friend of David Cameron, the PM. They live a mile apart and ride horses together regularly. In July of 2007, Mr Cameron took Rebekah's second in command at the NotW at the time, an individual named Andy Coulson, as his Director of Communications for the Conservative Party on a salary of £475,000, after he resigned in disgrace from the NotW over the phone hacking scandal.

The UK's Prime Minister is balls deep in this with a bunch of criminals.

The phone hacking is just the tip of the iceberg here. Much, much more to follow.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:06 | 1433091 cougar_w
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The phone hacking is just the tip of the iceberg here. Much, much more to follow.

Or absolutely nothing what-so-ever to follow, depending on how well the shredding and email purge go. Might even require some more mysterious killings, can't leave those loose ends dangling in times like these.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:15 | 1433120 Coffin Dodger
Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:06 | 1432822 fuu
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Sleaze is as sleaze does.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:43 | 1433440 PulauHantu29
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or should we say, "monkey see, monkey do."


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:10 | 1432836 BruntFCA
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News of the World Closes.

New exiting "gossip" Paper Launches under new

name......public relations 101.



Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:14 | 1432857 Sub Dude
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News Corp now owns the Wall Street Journal, right? Maybe they will bring their "bribing" style of reporting to the WSJ!

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:17 | 1432871 Zer0henge
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Is Murdock himself too big to jail?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:36 | 1432960 scratch_and_sniff
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They probably dont want the prisoners catching anything.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:20 | 1432887 Jim in MN
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Cops have had 11,000 pages of notes containing 4,000 names in connection with illegal phone taps FOR OVER FIVE YEARS and done nothing.

That, the police bribes, the appalling nature of the targets (terrorism victims, murdered childrens families, British war dead's families), and Murdoch's much-bragged-about position of political power in Britain adds up to a smoking crater at the core of the social fabric.

As a Daily Beast analysis put it, "the fallout will be widespread and unpredictable"...

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:22 | 1432893 ZakuKommander
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Shuttered just begets the excuse: "Oh, you want to review our past documents and e-mails?  So sorry, when we shuttered much was lost!"  

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:42 | 1432984 Almost Solvent
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I bet ALL as in EVERYTHING is "lost" and NOTHING can be recovered.


Sorry, no hard drives, no files, no phone logs, no records, no nothing will be available after this Sunday.


Smart lawyers should be serving subpoenas and filing orders to show cause today returnable tomorrow before all the evidence gets disappeared.  

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