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While it may not be making a lot of news in the US (some say from fear of Newscorp reprisals in the press) the continuing investigations into the phone-hacking scandals involving the Murdoch owned News Of The World has reached a new low.

On the 23rd of June a convicted murderer by the name of Levi Belfield was found guilty of murdering murdering a 13 year old schoolgirl as she walked past his home.

Today The telegraph has a story that Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was convicted in 2007 for the original phone hacking courtcase , is alleged to have illegally accessed Milly's phone messages after she was abducted by Bellfield as she walked home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in March 2002.

The police say that this action at the time could have resulted in delays in the investigation and stopped them getting results. Her parents are now added to the growing list of people both private citizens and celebrities who are persuing legal remedies against Murdoch's grubby little sunday tabloid while the paper and Newscorp stay as silent as possible in the hopes of not hampering Murdoch's attempt to gain full control of Newscorp in the UK.

Murdoch was forced to personally intervene earlier this year when questions were raised in parliament and there can be no real doubt that the decision to atempt to settle out of court was a directive from the top.

This ongoing story gets darker and darker the lower down into the scummy residue of the barrel we go. Its bad enough that the morally bankrupt "reporters" from this tabloid have not problems hacking into celebrities phones and emails but the phone of a dead teenager while the police are still looking for the killer?

The murky story continues.

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  •  oh its worse than that (18+ / 0-)

    According to reports, they deleted some of the voicemail messages on the phone account as it had become full and they wanted to free space for more distraught messages from the family to make the story. This deletion made the police think that she was still alive and it was a missing person case rather than a murder.

    There are also suggestions that there was similar activity in their investigation of the family of the Girls murdered at Soham, but that is a far vaguer report, and not something that comes from police and lawyers.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Mon Jul 04, 2011 at 12:22:06 PM PDT

    •  They have'nt said that (4+ / 0-)
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      trueblueliberal, Sychotic1, daysey, Lujane

      in the reports i've seen today.

      These people are scum and the current bunch of cons in government are grabbing their ankles for Murdoch as he gives them good press.

      Remember, the man who was David Cameron's communications director was the editor in charge at the time of the original arrests.

      •  Murdoch's Chief Executive in the UK (0+ / 0-)

        for the Murdoch media empire is Rebekah Brooks, she is the one who was deputy editor at the time.

        And she is still pulling the chains on the Cameron administration.

        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 07:05:13 PM PDT

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    •  question is how much have they hacked (2+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, bronte17

      from whom; word is that they hacked business leaders, politicians and even the royals.  Next question is if they hacked their competitors, Final question is what did they do with the information?  Did they use the hacks as basis of stories or did they approach the subjects with offers like, the story can go like this or this or can be buried.  Lots of explaining needed here with the central question being is Murdoch too big for justice?  

    •  Vampires. Blood-sucking vampires. (2+ / 0-)
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      They wanted more distraught messages from the family to make the story.

      That's beyond the usual media cry-porn and right into the realm of snuff cry-porn.   Emotional vampires milking terror and heartbreak, and causing more terror and heartbreak so they can milk it even more, for their own cynical gain.  

      There are no words strong enough to describe how vile, immoral, and disgusting those people are.  

      Life in prison without parole would be too good for them.

    •  It's far worse than simply thinking she is alive (0+ / 0-)

      the perpetrator could leave messages to throw off the investigation and the police no longer had that information in the message box.

      And police only have a very short period of time in order to find a kidnap victim to possibly save them.

      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 07:01:18 PM PDT

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  •  I hope the Brits (8+ / 0-)

    put Murdoch out of business for good in the UK. Seize all his UK assets, and hit him with conspiracy to commit murder charges.

    Put him in the freaking Tower.

  •  May the Met will actually take this seriously now (3+ / 0-)
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    although I won't hold my breath.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Mon Jul 04, 2011 at 12:48:04 PM PDT

  •  there is a god (2+ / 0-)
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    and there are petards as Fox itself is hacked:

    Re: the power of being able to bug people, it now appears J. Edgar Hoover did order the bugging of Ernest Hemingway due to concerns over his admiration for Cuba and his activities

    so it seems his paranoia in his latter days may have been justified as Hoover himself was paranoid and determined to stamp out any possible threat to himself

    •  that is probably an attempt at sympathy (0+ / 0-)

      to say "see it happened to us too." A psych.

      The fox imbroglio just wasn't the kosher hack that it could have been.  

      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 06:27:10 PM PDT

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  •  amazingly (2+ / 0-)
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    Hugh Grant broke this story a month or two back, and it sneaked past everyone

    New Statesman - The bugger, bugged

    Me Ah . . . I think that was one of the questions asked last week at one of the parliamentary committees. They asked Yates [John Yates, acting deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police] if it was true that he thought that the NoW had been hacking the phones of friends and family of those girls who were murdered . . . the Soham murder and the Milly girl [Milly Dowler].
    Him Yeah. Yeah. It's more than likely. Yeah . . . It was quite routine. Yeah - friends and family is something that's not as easy to justify as the other things.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Mon Jul 04, 2011 at 03:48:17 PM PDT

  •  Clearly Obstruction Of Justice (0+ / 0-)

    But considering how enamored Scotland Yard seems to be of the media, I doubt anything will come of it.

  •  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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  •  This story deserves front page highlighting (0+ / 0-)

    It is that serious and the implications for Murdoch's company are huge. As mentioned above the main credit for this story breaking should go to The Guardian newspaper which has pursued the case for years in the teeth of official stonewalling and media indifference. There is apparently much more to come.....

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