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  •  Please put the link the Telegraph article... (0+ / 0-)

    ... in your diary.  Here it is:

    •  The Telegraph is a conservative rag (0+ / 0-)

      I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. --William Butler Yeats

      by bronte17 on Mon Jul 04, 2011 at 06:42:24 PM PDT

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    •  The Guardian has done the investigative work (2+ / 0-)
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      JohnDrake, ceebs

      on this story.

      If any media gets credit for breaking this story and bringing the details to the people, it's The Guardian.

      Then, with the help of its own full-time private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, the News of the World started illegally intercepting mobile phone messages. Scotland Yard is now investigating evidence that the paper hacked directly into the voicemail of the missing girl's own phone. As her friends and parents called and left messages imploring Milly to get in touch with them, the News of the World was listening and recording their every private word.

      But the journalists at the News of the World then encountered a problem. Milly's voicemail box filled up and would accept no more messages. Apparently thirsty for more information from more voicemails, the paper intervened – and deleted the messages that had been left in the first few days after her disappearance. According to one source, this had a devastating effect: when her friends and family called again and discovered that her voicemail had been cleared, they concluded that this must have been done by Milly herself and, therefore, that she must still be alive. But she was not. The interference created false hope and extra agony for those who were misled by it.


      The deletion of the messages also caused difficulties for the police by confusing the picture when they had few leads to pursue. It also potentially destroyed valuable evidence.

      According to one senior source familiar with the Surrey police investigation: "It can happen with abduction murders that the perpetrator will leave messages, asking the missing person to get in touch, as part of their efforts at concealment. We need those messages as evidence. Anybody who destroys that evidence is seriously interfering with the course of a police investigation."

      If you've ever had a child or someone close to you who has gone missing... you have no clue of the depth of the pain and anguish. And there is only a very small window of time for the police to possibly track and find the loved one and Murdoch's filthy newspaper possibly contributed to the death of this young girl by obscuring the ability of the police to track information.

      I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. --William Butler Yeats

      by bronte17 on Mon Jul 04, 2011 at 06:58:37 PM PDT

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