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It's been a week of ups and downs  for the followers of this story,  The main feature was a big down,  Rupert has flown in after a couple of weeks of arrests of Sun Journalists, and has begun a fight back. On the eve of his arrival, Trevor Kavanagh, the long running political editor of the sun, his weekday tabloid painted the  attacks on the papers journalists as a Witch hunt.

Trevor Kavanagh: 'Police have treated Sun journalists like suspected terrorists' - Telegraph

The paper’s former political editor said the tabloid was “not a swamp that needs draining” and that a police “witch-hunt” was making press freedom worse than in former Soviet states.

Five senior Sun journalists were detained over the weekend over alleged corrupt payments to police as part of Operation Elveden – the inquiry examining allegations of bribery – which has more than 60 detectives on its team.

Writing in The Sun today, Kavanagh said the journalists has been “needlessly dragged from their beds in dawn raids” and humiliated while their homes were ransacked by officers.

He accused police of treating them “like members of an organised crime gang” and “threats to national security” simply for doing their jobs, uncovering stories in the public interest.

The fact that the article was somewhat flawed in its arguments didn't stop it getting picked up by a variety of other newspapers worried about the impact of the Leveson inquiry on their own underhand methods.

The Kavanagh aricle initially blames the investigation of journalists for the UK's fall in the world press freedom rankings. If you actually bother to look at the source report however,  it says that with the News of the world investigations in the background, the cause of the fall has been the problems with privacy in the UK (Mainly down to newspapers hacking each others phone and email accounts you have to assume) and the Riots last summer, where the authorities demanded the handing over of photographers raw images, and a variety of media groups complied without requiring the government to go through the courts, putting reporters and photographers at risk in future events. Carrying on the rest of the article is of little better quality.

but When Rupert actually arrived at the Suns headquaters, then the big announcement occurred.

Rupert Murdoch to launch Sun on Sunday next weekend | Media | The Guardian

TheSun on Sunday will publish for the first time next weekend,News International has announced.

An internal memo sent to all staff on Sunday at Rupert's Murdoch's company said the media mogul will be in London for the launch.

The email said: "Rupert Murdoch said during his visit on Friday that a new Sunday title would be published 'very soon' – and that is a week from today. Rupert will be staying in London to oversee the launch."

Speculation about a Sunday edition of the biggest-selling UK daily newspaper has been mounting since the closure of the News of the World after the hacking scandal.

Without waiting for the court cases to occurr,  Rupert has extended the paper to seven days a week, taking over from the destroyed News of the world. He also announced that those journalists who had been arrested over illegal payments to the police over the last two weeks are no longer suspended from work. effectively giving the forces of law and order the finger. Interestingly, Rupert has turned up to  do this with elder son Lachlan in tow, Long time observers think that this may signal a changing of the succession within the  Murdoch empire

Murdoch Visits Downcast Tabloid, With Other Son in Tow

The presence of Lachlan on the tour signaled to observers of the Murdoch family's internal dramas that James -- the heir apparent and overall head of British newspaper operations until the phone hacking scandal that erupted last summer -- may have ceded his place to his older brother. Lachlan, a onetime heir apparent himself, had a falling-out with News Corporation executives in 2005.
Looking from the outside it's hard to tell wether Rupert has used this problem as the ultiamte opportunity, decimating his costs by cutting the expense of a seperate newspaper while  coming back with a seven day a week version of his cheaper paper.  If this is what has been in the running ever since things first started going wrong, it would be a difficult decision wether to be outraged at being played for rubes, or to stand up and appluad the man for the sheer brass balls he is displaying.

However it's not all been bad, Firstly the "poor us we're being bullied" has been met with general derision.

Trevor Kavanagh learns a hard lesson about human rights and due process « Richard Wilson's blog

“The overwhelming odds are that these guys were put inside for good reason — whatever sob stories their human rights lawyers are peddling on their behalf.” – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun, 2007

“It is important that we do not jump to conclusions. Nobody has been charged with any offence, still less tried or convicted“, Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun, 2012

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper has long been hostile to the idea that people suspected of wrongdoing should betreated as innocent until proven guilty, that no-one should belocked up for extended periods without a fair trial anddue process, and that even if someone is tried and convicted of a criminal offence, they are still entitled tobasic human rights.

When, in 2005, 47 Labour MPs joined opposition ranks to throw out the Blair government’s attempt to award itself the right to detain for 3 months, without charge or trial, anyone it claimed was a “terrorist”, the Sun’s political editor Trevor Kavanagh branded them“traitor MPs” who had “betrayed the British people”.

And other media sources have come out with

Secondly as part of the  attempts to head off  disagreement with Murdochs, the journalists at the paper appear to have invited the National Union of Journalists back in. This is a huge event if it actually comes through in the end.  To people My age one of the big events of the last 40 years was the industrial action at the gates of Rupert Murdochs"Fortress Wapping" many of us would love to see the face of Rupert on that first meeting when he has to deal with the hated unions over the negotiating table if it happens.

And tonight we have something that by rights should be front page news

News of the World hacking suspect pleads guilty to conspiracy | Technology | The Guardian

A man at the centre of allegations that computers were hacked for theNews of the World has been convicted of conspiring to illegally access private information for profit.

Until Monday legal restrictions meant that what is known about Philip Campbell Smith's alleged involvement in computerhacking could not be reported.

Smith is alleged to have hacked the computer of a former British army intelligence officer in 2006 as part of a commission from the News of the World. In a tape recording, Smith says he was in contact with Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who went on to become David Cameron's director of communications. Smith says Coulson is in his mobile phone directory.

Smith is understood to be under investigation by a Scotland Yard inquiry, Operation Kalmyk, which is examining allegations that email hacking may have been used against several dozen targets.

The hacking of this computer is a major story, the computer hacked is that of a former British army agent,  and among the emails are ones detailing the location of two informers that British Inteligence had  inside the PIRA and evidence is said to link Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World, and David Camerons former press secretary to this activity, according to the  taped conversation in posession of the hacked agent, this is a direct link. not just through a lower reporter.

News Internationals interference in this situation could have sabotaged the entire Northern Irish peace process, and as a paper group that prides itself on its nationalist rhetoric, It could be that this may be The Murdoch papers biggest betrayal.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

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

    by ceebs on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 04:36:14 PM PST

  •  Great diary ceebs, (12+ / 0-)

    Waited up to catch it.

    Thanks for everything.

    "Rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal." Sarah Palin on Fox News 1.28.12. - HaHaHAHaHaHa! me for the next 10 minutes.

    by AnnetteK on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 04:51:01 PM PST

  •  Those Bastards (6+ / 0-)

    what swine they be

  •  Always great fun ... (7+ / 0-)

    to read about the Fall of the House of Murdoch.

  •  Ha! Everyone seems to think the SoS (8+ / 0-) some major new game changing move

    And then you realise that everyone is mainly a few British hacks who could get a job out if it

    Murdoch always plays by another game. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.

    But the FCPA investigation has stepped up a gear. Mark Lewis is in NYC this week, seeking to launch civil proceedings for phone hacking there. More arrests to come with police bribery, and email and computer hacking now coming to the fore

    As I've often reminded people, it took two years for Watergate to bring down Nixon.

    Rupert has now firmly nailed his colours to the masthead if his Fleet Street red tops rather than cutting them off and retreating to the US. Good for him

    And in the end I believe it will be better for us

    "It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us." Walter Benjamin. More sane debate on the Moose

    by Brit on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 05:38:06 PM PST

    •  You have to think (6+ / 0-)

      That there may be more arrests this weekend,  Module 2 of the Leveson Inquiry begins next week,(the police and the press)  and the Met are going to want to look like they are doing something. If you were going to pick a weekend for arrests, this would be it, Theyve shown remarkable ability so far to make arrests just in time before various stages of the investigation have happened from various directions, and it's always been the weekend before when theyve struck.
      not that I'm cynical or anything.

        (it would be entertaining to find half the launch day crew at Wapping spend Saturday in the cells  turning the days production intoi a debacle)

      As for it being a game changing move, I havent heard of people being taken on to fill the gaps, so I don't know as it's even providing work for UK hacks.

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

      by ceebs on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 05:48:44 PM PST

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  •  how did he gain access to the army computer? (4+ / 0-)
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    several illegal possibilities there...

    From those who live like leeches on the people's lives, We must take back our land again, America!...Langston Hughes

    by KenBee on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 05:43:32 PM PST

  •  ahh...'access granted', I see: 'trojaned'.. (5+ / 0-)
    The computer that Smith is suspected of hacking belonged to the former British intelligence officer Ian Hurst.

    The computer hacking involving Smith is alleged to have been carried out in July 2006 by sending Hurst an email containing a trojan virus that copied Hurst's emails and relayed them back to the hacker. It is claimed this was commissioned by Alex Marunchak, who was a senior editor on the News of the World when it was edited by Coulson.

    The material accessed by the hacker included messages concerning at least two agents who had informed on the Provisional IRA: Freddie Scappaticci, codenamed Stakeknife, and a second informant known as Kevin Fulton. Both men were regarded as high-risk targets for assassination. Hurst was one of the few people who knew their whereabouts and the emails contained information capable of disclosing this.

    Hurst found out that Smith had hacked his computer and went on to tape him confessing to it.

    from the Guardian article...'trojaned' as it were...

    So next is how did

    Hurst found out that Smith had hacked his computer and went on to tape him confessing to it.?

    From those who live like leeches on the people's lives, We must take back our land again, America!...Langston Hughes

    by KenBee on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 05:53:26 PM PST

    •  the most likely way (3+ / 0-)
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      is finding a link from an unexpected process passing large ammounts of data to an IP adress that you havent linked to. either on the desktop itself, or via a  monitor on your border router

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

      by ceebs on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:17:25 PM PST

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      •  so then he tracked that IP address? (2+ / 0-)
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        him being in mil intell that would be doable, maybe not for me...thanks.


        From those who live like leeches on the people's lives, We must take back our land again, America!...Langston Hughes

        by KenBee on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:55:11 PM PST

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        •  well in this case (3+ / 0-)
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          The ip address would match up with the sender adress on his friends email,  so with a bit of sweat it would be recoverable. Alternatively the power of google would help.

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

          by ceebs on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 12:45:39 AM PST

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  •  Ceebs, thanks for all this. We're getting closer (2+ / 0-)
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    and closer it seems, and I for one couldn't be more delighted.  Not for the slimy actions taken up by Murdoch, et al, but rather simply for their exposure.

    You and your cohorts are doing a truly fabulous job reporting on this, and you have my eternal gratitude for that.  Damn entertaining, as well.

  •  Let's See... (1+ / 0-)
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    "suspected terrorists"
    "members of an organized crime gang"

    Sounds pretty accurate to me.

    Here's a little refresher course, courtesy of Tom Watson, MP :

  •  ceebs, masterful synthesis as usual. Apologies (0+ / 0-)

    ...for missing it entirely on Monday. I found it only now by following Brits diary today.

    Did I get the UK legal implications right by reading of the Guardian as saying that the limits on reporting the trial outcome were only partially lifted and more will be able to be said soon?

    Is it worth your time today Wednesday to correct me if I am wrong, explain what;s up if I am right, and give us a sense of what this all might imply?

    If too late or, au contraire, too early, then how about telling us how Pakistan was whitewashed (right word?) in cricket.

    A sign of how much I enjoy ceebian synthesis is that I am willing to try and wrap my mind around understanding cricket just to hear more of it.

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 09:03:26 AM PST

    •  Sorry I haven't seen this before (1+ / 0-)
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      Yesterday was very much a recovery day after a bizzare experience the night before where  I ended up In London on the BBC's major daily late night news analysis program abusing a Member of Parliament on an entirely different subject. (so If you can sneak onto the BBC's iPlayer round it's geo locks then you will probably be able to work out which of the three guests facing the MP on tuesdays newsnight is me;-) It was, to start with one of the singularly most terrifying experiences of my life, but I think I did ok after the start.

      Ok what does it imply? well firstly there must be some outstanding criminal charges somewhere that are still in the process of coming to trial. however it's difficult to know what those charges are.  Last night online there was a guy saying he's talked to Ian Hurst, the guy who's computer was hacked, and he claims that Hurst told him that he passed documentary proof that  News International has corruptly paid senior police officers to Lord Leveson. how true this is is difficult to evaluate. the sources website appears to score at least a point or two on the fruitcake scale, but the information appears to fit. (but the question is wether this is it fits reality or my own personal predjudices)

      Reading the article again I don't see anything suggesting legal restrictions, but we do know that the police raided several private investigators, and siezed computers. (if I remember right it's about 9 PI's and somewhere about 20 computers) the original assumption was that these machines had been siezed to provide the other end of emails sent by NOTW staff and executives, but maybe there is more to it and it's actually more widespread hacking.

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

      by ceebs on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 01:49:52 AM PST

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      •  Now that that's clear;), about cricket whitewash.. (0+ / 0-)

        ... I was just kidding about needing to understanding it.

        It was to allow myself to imagine what the combination of words would evoke for the average Kossian(if there is such a thing) given its use in progressosphere:

        crickets, meaning no response [funny as crickets are noisy little things, cf google "Crickets are jumping insects. Males of most cricket species make a loud chirping sound by rubbing their forewings together."]
        whitewash, to cover over and cover up [wiki= "a metaphor meaning to gloss over or cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation..."]

        Anyway, another day another allegation of criminal offense, phone hacking by NoW, NIT, Cherie Blair.

        If hacking the email of a vice presidential candidate gets you arrest and imprisonment on federal charges, haccking the first lady's phone would definitely be a security offense.
        Ask the kid who tried the first and ended up spending 11 months in the federal pen [itentiary].

        As for the ceebian/mpian battle, I will follow the i-crumbs to the source. surely I will be able to distinguish the MPs from the ordinary folks. They must wear flags in their suit lapels, right, or is it only poppies and only then on remembrance day that things get stuck in lapels in Britain? But what tells us what a ceebian is?

        easy. Orange, and has horns.

        Big No no: hacking a presidential level security person's email

        "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

        by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 05:33:47 AM PST

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        •  flags in lapels (0+ / 0-)

          would generally be considered to mark you as a lunatic over here

          ceebians are recognised by no tie, and odd socks :)

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

          by ceebs on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 05:44:35 AM PST

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  •  Hope for tomorrow (0+ / 0-)

    Hope to wake u tomorrow and read about more of Team Murdoch being arrested before dawn in London.

    Just can't get enuf of his stuff!

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