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Reposted from Lib Dem FoP by ericlewis0

Last week's acquittal of Rebekah Brooks was spun by the Murdoch press as vindicating the News of the World (NoW). The Sun, its sister weekday paper which started a Sunday edition to replace the disgraced rag, claimed the verdicts were a "Great Day for the Red Tops". That was a reference to both Brooks' hair and the down market tabloid size newspapers in the UK - most of the "broadsheets" now print in that format.  The boast was an attempt to cover up the one trial conviction, of former editor and Cameron spin doctor Andy Coulson and the fact that five others had already entered guilty pleas before trial.

Today Coulson and the others were sentenced. He received the heaviest sentence as the others' had their early pleas taken into account. The sentences for the crime of conspiracy to intercept communications are:

Coulson, 46, of Canterbury - 18 months

Former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, 52, of Esher, Surrey - six months

Former news editor Greg Miskiw, 64, of Leeds - six months

Former reporter James Weatherup, 58, of Brentwood, Essex - four-month suspended sentence

Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, 43, of Sutton, Surrey - six-month suspended sentence

Mulcaire - who faced four counts - and Weatherup also received 200 hours of community service.

Mulcaire had previously served a six month prison sentence after a conviction for phone hacking in 2007. Earlier this week at the sentencing hearing, it was revealed he has been made bankrupt for failing to pay tax on his earnings from the NoW.

The scandal continues as Mulcaire and his employers may face further charges after he used his hacking techniques to obtain the details of the new identities of four convicted offenders who had been placed in a witness protection scheme. The NoW had printed the details of a notorious killer of a toddler (who was himself under age at the time). Details were exposed in the BBC program Panorama last week. In that a former Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner (not an elected post) and now Liberal Democrat peer, Lord [Brian] Paddick told them:

"The witness protection scheme is a very expensive operation to give people who've been convicted of very serious offences and people who are very vulnerable witnesses... a completely new identity, so they can have a completely fresh start.

"For that information to get into the hands of journalists is potentially putting people's lives at risk.

It is illegal to reveal the details of those in the scheme and there is a whiff of "something rotten in the state of Denmark" that the senior offices in the Met at the time failed to refer either Mulcaire or the newspaper to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Murdochgate just keeps on giving.

It looks like my last paragraph was prescient!

The Crown Prosecution Service is considering whether to charge more News of the World staff in relation to phone hacking, it has been confirmed.

Police files on eight suspects, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been handed to the CPS for charging advice. The files emerged from a spin-off investigation from Scotland Yard's Operation Weeting, the inquiry that led to the conviction of Andy Coulson and four others at the Old Bailey last month.

A comment on BBC radio news indicated that these possible charges related to the NoW Features department, a separate office from the newsroom where those sentenced today worked.
Reposted from Animal Nuz by ericlewis0

From a piece in The Daily Beast, co-written by Peter Jukes, a.k.a. Brit, and titled, 'Rupert Murdoch's Trouble Has Only Just Begun':

It can now be reported that the FBI has copies of at least 80,000 emails taken from the servers at News Corp in New York. These messages, including those sent up the chain of command by Brooks, were not part of the mass deletion that was ordered in London when it became clear that police officers were soon going to be searching for evidence of a vast criminal conspiracy.

A court in London found this week that Murdoch’s top-selling newspaper, the now shuttered News of the World, was systematically and illegally accessing the private phone messages of thousands of people, from royalty to murder victims. This is only the beginning.

On top of the FBI’s interest in the case in New York, Murdoch is set for questioning by the British police; Scotland Yard is investigating corporate charges against the company; and 12 further criminal trials against former staff at the Sun and the News of the World are scheduled to take place later this year. And after that, Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, says he is waiting to formally launch a congressional investigation into the company.
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What the?? From The New York Times:

Mr. Blair, the former prime minister of Britain, offered to act as an “unofficial adviser” to Mr. Murdoch and to Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Mr. Murdoch’s British newspaper empire, who is one of eight defendants in the case and is expected to give evidence for the first time on Thursday.

In a one-hour phone conversation less than a week before Ms. Brooks was first arrested in July 2011, Mr. Blair told her to “keep strong” and take sleeping pills, according to an email in which she relayed the conversation to Mr. Murdoch’s son James. The email was read out by the prosecution in court on Wednesday.

The email from Ms. Brooks to James Murdoch, dated July 11, 2011, said Mr. Blair “is available for you, K.R.M.” — shorthand for Mr. Murdoch senior — “and me as an unofficial adviser, but needs to be between us.”

“It will pass,” Mr. Blair told her, according to the email, advising her to commission an independent inquiry, “Hutton-style.” The 2004 Hutton report cleared the Blair government of wrongdoing over its handling of intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He even suggested the name of an outside lawyer, Ken Macdonald, “a great and good type,” the email read. On July 15 of that year, Ms. Brooks resigned from News International, the umbrella company covering the Murdoch newspapers in Britain, and on July 17, she was arrested.
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Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:42 AM PST

Piers Morgan Questioned by Police

by ceebs

Things have been very quiet on the phone hacking diary front for the last couple of months. The trials are in progress, and people on the UK side of the water are very wary of discussing things that could possibly wreck the trials however this morning news broke that although vaguely connected isseperate enough to be both reportable and discussable

Piers Morgan was questioned by Scotland Yard's hacking squad | Media |

Piers Morgan, theCNN presenter who used to edit theDaily Mirror, has been interviewed under caution by Scotland Yard detectives investigating phone-hacking.

In a statement to The Guardian through his spokesperson, Morgan said: "In early November I was asked to attend an interview by officers fromOperation Weeting when I was next in the UK.

"This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided. I attended that interview as requested on 6 December 2013."

Scotland Yard have confirmed that a 48-year-old journalist was interviewed on that date at a south London police station by officers from Operation Golding. That is the strand of Operation Weeting that is investigating allegations of phone interception at Mirror GroupNewspapers.

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Can an entire diary be based on a single tweet? When it's from Brit, who's live-tweeting the Hackgate trial, the answer is yes:

BREAKING: Crone email to Coulson says Brooks knew over 100 victims of phone hacking in 2006
Crone was News International's top lawyer.
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Reposted from AnnetteK by ericlewis0

as well as a New Trail.

Is this a new innovation in Journalism?

As most people here already know, our very own Kossack, Brit, has been giving us a brilliant perspective on the Rupert Murdoch scandal known in these parts as "Murdochgate".

Although his pieces are now written up at The Daily Beast he still drops in on our Murdoch diaries to give us delicious little snippets and insights.

Over the Kos bellybutton to find out what he's been up to this week...................

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From Reuters:

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two former editors of Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid, were having an affair at the time their reporters are accused of hacking into phones, a court heard on Thursday.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis said the closeness of their relationship showed that both knew as much as each other how staff at the tabloid were operating. Both have denied conspiring to hack into phones or making illegal payments to public officials.


The relationship had been discovered after police found a word document containing a 2004 letter on a computer stored at Brooks's home.

"You are my best friend ... I tell you everything, I confide in you ... I love you, I care about you," the letter from Brooks to Coulson said, according to Edis who read it out to the jury of nine women and three men.
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From The Guardian:

Three former News of the World employees have pleaded guilty to phone hacking charges, an Old Bailey jury was told this afternoon, as part of the opening of the trial of Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, Brooks's husband and four other former employees of the now closed Sunday newspaper.

The crown prosecutor revealed that the individuals had already pleaded guilty at an earlier stage in proceedings, as he outlined to the court that News of the World was at the centre of three criminal conspiracies dating back to the year 2000, involving the two former editors.

Andrew Edis QC said that those pleading guilty were former News of the World news editors Neville Thurlbeck, Greg Miskiw and James Weatherup. The court also heard that the private investigator contracted by the newspaper to undertake the alleged hacking, Glenn Mulcaire, had pleaded guilty.
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In the last few minutes the Prosecution has commenced  its case in the News of the World phone hacking case. Eight members of News Internationals staff are up in court 12, although one will only be present some of the time due to ongoing health issues

Phone hacking trial: Prosecution opens case against Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson - Telegraph

Two former editors of The News of the World went on trial today, more than two years after the phone-hacking scandal led to the paper's closure.

Andrew Edis QC, for the Crown, began outlining the case against Rebekah Brooks, who became chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International, and Andy Coulson, who was later David Cameron's communications chief.

He told jurors at the Old Bailey: "You know something of what this is all about because everybody does.

"This is the phone hacking trial, but it is not only the phone hacking trial, as you already know…

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Reposted from LieparDestin by ericlewis0

While this should come as no surprise it is good that this story is getting some media attention and helping focus more attention on the corporate PR/Sockpuppet campaign to discredit liberals or to spread a false reality in the blogosphere as history has shown by groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America;"

“I think we need to highlight people like Glenn Greenwald. Glenn was critical in the Amazon to OVH [data center] transition and helped WikiLeaks provide access to information during the transition. It is this level of support we need to attack. These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals. Without the support of people like Glenn WikiLeaks would fold.”
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h/t to AnnetteK for finding this. From The Telegraph:

The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the influential Senate Commerce Committee, visited News Corp’s London headquarters earlier this year in preparation for a potential Senate investigation.

The Senator met with News Corp’s most senior lawyers, Lord Grabiner and John Turnbull, to discuss allegations that staff at News Corp’s British newspaper arm, News UK, routinely intercepted voicemails and paid officials for information. It is thought that the Senator may have dispatched representatives to meet News Corp staff on at least two further occasions.

The Senate committee is unwilling to launch a full-scale investigation into the alleged wrongdoing until after a series of criminal trials of former News Corp staff, due to get under way next month. However, Senator Rockefeller is understood to be keen to amass as much evidence as possible ahead of the trials, so that the Committee is in a position to launch a potential investigation once the criminal proceedings have finished.
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Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 06:33 PM PDT


by AnnetteK

Reposted from AnnetteK by ericlewis0

The Independent has just posted a story that makes for extremely interesting reading.

Looks like Rupert might be in a tad bit of trouble.

Over the orange cloud to find out why................................

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