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Rupert Murdoch plans to "hit back hard" following allegations that one of his companies used hacking and piracy to sabotage rival TV competitors.
"Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels," Murdoch wrote on Twitter.

"So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing," the 81-year-old tweeted.

The context for this is the BBC story regarding a News Corporation subsidiary paying hackers to develop pirate cards so that people could steal the signals of rival TV companies, mentioned here and here and here. So this is not the phone hacking scandal but an entirely new one involving Australian TV and corporate anti-competitive crime.

The juicy quote from Sir Rupert:

Writing on Twitter, Rupert Murdoch took a clear swipe at the BBC, asserting "enemies many different agendas, but worst old toffs and right wingers who still want last century's status quo with their monopolies".

"Let's have it on! Choice, freedom of thought and markets, individual personal responsibility.

This from the man who has systematically taken over the media in Australia and Great Britain.

This from the man who has worked hand in glove with the right wing in every country where his media empire flourishes.

It would be funny if he were not so powerful and so dangerous. But I suspect the BBC can take care of itself.

Originally posted to aardvark droppings on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:53 AM PDT.

Also republished by Murdochgate Investigators.

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