Murdoch 'News of the World' tabloid scandal widens, deepens

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Re: Murdoch 'News of the World' tabloid scandal widens, deep

Postby GeminiDogg » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:40 pm

Someone posted this gem on the message board of HuffPo:


A former Fox News executive Dan Cooper has claimed that a special bunker, requiring security clearance for access was created at the company's headquarte­rs to conduct “counterin­telligence­” including snooping on phone records.


If this is true: Fat-Boy Roger Ailes has some 'plaining to do!!
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Re: Murdoch 'News of the World' tabloid scandal widens, deep

Postby Marie » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:27 pm

GeminiDogg wrote:Someone posted this gem on the message board of HuffPo:

A former Fox News executive Dan Cooper has claimed that a special bunker, requiring security clearance for access was created at the company's headquarte­rs to conduct “counterin­telligence­” including snooping on phone records.

If this is true: Fat-Boy Roger Ailes has some 'plaining to do!!

Keith just tweeted about an old story, which Ailes pooh-poohed back in '96, that sounds related to that.

Fox phone hacking that PRECEDED News of the World? Now that would be front page news!

(And let's not forget that the first head of proto-MSNBC was -- Roger Ailes. Who knows what spying went on when he was helping to get Keith's future network off the ground? :shock: )

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Postby terryballard » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:55 am

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Re: Murdoch 'News of the World' tabloid scandal widens, deep

Postby Slfriend79 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:41 pm

This story just gets curiouser and curiouser by the day. Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_23

News Of The World Phone-Hacking Whistleblower Found Dead

Death of Sean Hoare – who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking – not being treated as suspicious

Amelia Hill, James Robinson, Caroline Davies

The Guardian, Mon 18 Jul 2011 18.04 BST


Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned.

Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, is said to have been found dead at his Watford home.

Hertfordshire police would not confirm his identity, but the force said in a statement: "At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for the welfare of a man who lives at an address on the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival at a property, the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing."
Hoare first made his claims in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World.

He told the newspaper that not only did Coulson know of the phone hacking, but that he actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives.

In a subsequent interview with the BBC he alleged that he was personally asked by his then-editor, Coulson, to tap into phones. In an interview with the PM programme he said Coulson's insistence that he didn't know about the practice was "a lie, it is simply a lie".

At the time a Downing Street spokeswoman said Coulson totally and utterly denied the allegations and said he had "never condoned the use of phone hacking and nor do I have any recollection of incidences where phone hacking took place".

Sean Hoare, a one-time close friend of Coulson's, told the New York Times the two men first worked together at the Sun, where, Hoare said, he played tape recordings of hacked messages for Coulson. At the News of the World, Hoare said he continued to inform Coulson of his activities. Coulson "actively encouraged me to do it", Hoare said.

In September last year, he was interviewed under caution by police over his claims that the former Tory communications chief asked him to hack into phones when he was editor of the paper, but declined to make any comment.

Hoare returned to the spotlight last week, after he told the New York Times that reporters at the News of the World were able to use police technology to locate people using their mobile phone signals in exchange for payments to police officers.

He said journalists were able to use a technique called "pinging" which measured the distance between mobile handsets and a number of phone masts to pinpoint its location.

Hoare gave further details about the use of "pinging" to the Guardian last week. He described how reporters would ask a news desk executive to obtain the location of a target: "Within 15 to 30 minutes someone on the news desk would come back and say 'right that's where they are.'"

He said: "You'd just go to the news desk and they'd just come back to you. You don't ask any questions. You'd consider it a job done. The chain of command is one of absolute discipline and that's why I never bought into it, like with Andy saying he wasn't aware of it and all that. That's bollocks."

He said he would stand by everything he had told the New York Times about "pinging". "I don't know how often it happened. That would be wrong of me. But if I had access as a humble reporter … "

He admitted he had had problems with drink and drugs and had been in rehab. "But that's irrelevant," he said. "There's more to come. This is not going to go away."

Hoare named a private investigator who he said had links with the News of the World, adding: "He may want to talk now because I think what you'll find now is a lot of people are going to want to cover their arse."

Speaking to another Guardian journalist last week, Hoare repeatedly expressed the hope that the hacking scandal would lead to journalism in general being cleaned up and said he had decided to blow the whistle on the activities of some of his former News of the World colleagues with that aim in mind.

He also said he had been injured the previous weekend while taking down a marquee erected for a children's party. He said he had broken his nose and badly injured his foot when a relative accidentally struck him with a heavy pole from the marquee.

Hoare also emphasised that he was not making any money from telling his story. Hoare, who has been treated for drug and alcohol problems, reminisced about partying with former pop stars and said he missed the days when he was able to go out on the town.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/ ... pe=article
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Re: Murdoch 'News of the World' tabloid scandal widens, deep

Postby Slfriend79 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:24 pm

Police Examine Bag Found In Bin Near Rebekah Brooks's Home

Former NI chief executive's husband denies bag – containing computer, paperwork and phone – belonged to his wife

Amelia Hill
guardian.co.uk, Monday 18 July 2011 20.54 BST


Detectives are examining a computer, paperwork and a phone found in a bin near the riverside London home of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International.

The Guardian has learned that a bag containing the items was found in an underground car park in the Design Centre at the exclusive Chelsea Harbour development on Monday afternoon.

The car park, under a shopping centre, is yards from the gated apartment block where Brooks lives with her husband, a former racehorse trainer and close friend of the prime minister David Cameron.

It is understood the bag was handed into security at around 3pm and that shortly afterwards, Brooks's husband, Charlie, arrived and tried to reclaim it. He was unable to prove the bag was his and the security guard refused to release it.

Instead, it is understood that the security guard called the police. In less than half an hour, two marked police cars and an unmarked forensics car are said to have arrived at the scene.

Police are now examining CCTV footage taken in the car park to uncover who dropped the bag. Initial suspicions that there had been a break in at the Brooks' flat have been dismissed.

David Wilson, Charlie Brooks's official spokesman, told the Guardian that Charlie Brooks denies that the bag belonged to his wife. "Charlie has a bag which contains a laptop and papers which were private to him," said Wilson.

"They were nothing to do with Rebekah or the [phone-hacking] case."

Wilson said Charlie Brooks had left the bag with a friend who was returning it, but dropped it in the wrong part of the garage. When asked how the bag ended up in a bin he replied: "The suggestion is that a cleaner thought it was rubbish and put it in the bin." Wilson added: "Charlie was looking for it together with a couple of the building staff.

"Charlie was told it had gone to security, by which stage they [security] had already called the police to say they had found something.

"The police took it away. Charlie's lawyers got in touch with the police to say they could take a look at the computer but they'd see there was nothing relevant to them on it. He's expecting the stuff back forthwith."

Rebekah Brooks was arrested on Sunday under suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, and of corrupting police officers. She is due to appear before the Commons culture, media and sport select committee today on Tuesday afternoon.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/ju ... kah-brooks
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Re: Murdoch 'News of the World' tabloid scandal widens, deep

Postby RealInfoseek » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:17 am

The death of whistleblower doesn't just thicken the pot; it is looking from bad to worse. Are there laws protect UK whistleblowers?

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Re: Murdoch 'News of the World' tabloid scandal widens, deep

Postby Marie » Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:41 am

Time Magazine cover -- did they do the News of the World send-up?

Because it's brilliant, whoever created it!

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