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    Jude Law Sues NOTW for Hacking; Rebekah Brooks - Former Editor - Arrested

    Former News of the World head Rebekah Brooks was arrested by police on Sunday ahead of a scheduled meeting to answer questions about her role in the massive phone hacking scandal. The arrest was unexpected, and Brooks was released on bail about 12 hours later. Apparently it’s rare for someone to get arrested by appointment on a weekend, and Brooks’ spokesperson claims it was a surprise. Some members of Parliament are questioning whether the arrest will conveniently keep Brooks from having to testify during a scheduled meeting with of The House of Commons on Tuesday.

    The head MP, or chief of the British police, Sir Paul Stephenson, has resigned amid revelations that he hired the former deputy editor of the News of the World, Neil Wallis, as a secret media advisor. Further damning to Stephenson was his acceptance of five weeks’ free stay at a high end health resort that Wallis worked for. In his resignation statement, Stephenson denied any wrongdoing and emphasized that Wallace has not been connected with the wiretapping scandal in any way.

    Stephenson also suggested that Prime Minister David Cameron has some explaining to do given allegations that his former communications director, Andy Coulson, paid tens of thousands of pounds in kickbacks to British police from 2003-2007 when he was editor of News of The World. Cameron also reportedly had a close relationship with editor Rebekah Brooks and regularly met with her during social functions. It looks like this scandal goes straight to the top in England and that even the Prime Minister is closely connected to it.

    Jude Law is suing News of the World and sister publication The Sun for allegedly tapping his phone in 2005 and 2006. He claims they gained illegal access to his phone when he was in the United States, which would make it a crime under federal wiretap law. Stories published in the two papers at the time contained very specific information of Law’s whereabouts down to details about the room service he ordered and how much spent on hotel accommodations. This is not the only allegation of hacking in the US by the company. The FBI is currently investigating whether phones from 9/11 victims were compromised by News Corp, News of the World’s parent company.

    David Beckham may also sue and is currently having his lawyers look into police evidence to see if he was one of the hacking victims. You know that he’s going to try and be incredibly discreet about it because they probably have details of his various affairs.

    News Corp has been arrogant and reckless to say the least. It’s not surprising that it took so long for the extent of their wrongdoing to come to light or that they went so far with it. Their current editor was hanging out with the Prime Minister and one former editor was employed by him while another worked for the chief of police.

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    P.S. If you think Jude Law is a hottie, CB put up a few pics of him to go with the story. I don't, so I didn't *snickers*

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    I hope everyone sues these peoples' ass off.
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    News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead

    Death of Sean Hoare – who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking – not being treated as suspicious

    • Monday 18 July 2011 18.04 BST
    • Former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare has been found dead. Photograph: BBC

      Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned.
      Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, is said to have been found dead at his Watford home.
      Hertfordshire police would not confirm his identity, but the force said in a statement: "At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for the welfare of a man who lives at an address on the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival at a property, the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.
      "The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing."
      Hoare first made his claims in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World.
      He told the newspaper that not only did Coulson know of the phone hacking, but that he actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives.
      In a subsequent interview with the BBC he alleged that he was personally asked by his then-editor, Coulson, to tap into phones. In an interview with the PM programme he said Coulson's insistence that he didn't know about the practice was "a lie, it is simply a lie".
      At the time a Downing Street spokeswoman said Coulson totally and utterly denied the allegations and said he had "never condoned the use of phone hacking and nor do I have any recollection of incidences where phone hacking took place".
      Sean Hoare, a one-time close friend of Coulson's, told the New York Times the two men first worked together at the Sun, where, Hoare said, he played tape recordings of hacked messages for Coulson. At the News of the World, Hoare said he continued to inform Coulson of his activities. Coulson "actively encouraged me to do it", Hoare said.
      In September last year, he was interviewed under caution by police over his claims that the former Tory communications chief asked him to hack into phones when he was editor of the paper, but declined to make any comment.
      Hoare returned to the spotlight last week, after he told the New York Times that reporters at the News of the World were able to use police technology to locate people using their mobile phone signals in exchange for payments to police officers.
      He said journalists were able to use a technique called "pinging" which measured the distance between mobile handsets and a number of phone masts to pinpoint its location.
      Hoare gave further details about the use of "pinging" to the Guardian last week. He described how reporters would ask a news desk executive to obtain the location of a target: "Within 15 to 30 minutes someone on the news desk would come back and say 'right that's where they are.'"
      He said: "You'd just go to the news desk and they'd just come back to you. You don't ask any questions. You'd consider it a job done. The chain of command is one of absolute discipline and that's why I never bought into it, like with Andy saying he wasn't aware of it and all that. That's bollocks."
      He said he would stand by everything he had told the New York Times about "pinging". "I don't know how often it happened. That would be wrong of me. But if I had access as a humble reporter … "
      He admitted he had had problems with drink and drugs and had been in rehab. "But that's irrelevant," he said. "There's more to come. This is not going to go away."
      Hoare named a private investigator who he said had links with the News of the World, adding: "He may want to talk now because I think what you'll find now is a lot of people are going to want to cover their arse."
      Speaking to another Guardian journalist last week, Hoare repeatedly expressed the hope that the hacking scandal would lead to journalism in general being cleaned up and said he had decided to blow the whistle on the activities of some of his former News of the World colleagues with that aim in mind.
      He also said he had been injured the previous weekend while taking down a marquee erected for a children's party. He said he had broken his nose and badly injured his foot when a relative accidentally struck him with a heavy pole from the marquee.
      Hoare also emphasised that he was not making any money from telling his story. Hoare, who has been treated for drug and alcohol problems, reminisced about partying with former pop stars and said he missed the days when he was able to go out on the town.
      News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead | Media | The Guardian
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    ^^ Man. Now someone has possibly been killed over this thing.

    That is just... wow.

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    Or has taken his own life? Were any of the staff CO$?
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    Yikes! O_O

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    have they hacked his voicemail yet?

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    The Prime Minister is not happy.

    Cameron in crisis: Now FOUR police chiefs face inquiry as PM is forced to call emergency session on phone hacking
    • PM announces delay in Parliament summer break to answer MPs' questions
    • Miliband: Cameron is hamstrung over connections to Coulson and Brooks
    • Tim Godwin takes over from Sir Paul Stephenson as Acting Commissioner
    • Cressida Dick will take over from John Yates as Assistant Commissioner
    • Home Secretary announces Parliamentary review of police corruption
    • News Corp shares drop by 4.3% in New York and 7.6 in Sydney
    David Cameron is today facing the greatest crisis of his premiership as he prepares to fly back from an official visit to South Africa for an emergency session of Parliament on phone hacking.

    The prime minister's government was plunged into fresh turmoil as it emerged four senior police chiefs will be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

    Sir John Stephenson and John Yates, who both resigned in the last 24 hours, will be investigated by the body.

    Mr Yates faces two separate allegations - one for his handling of the phone hacking investigation and a second that he improperly secured employment for the daughter of Neil Wallis, a former News of the World deputy editor who been arrested as part of the phone hacking inquiry.
    Two former officers, so far unnamed, will also be subject to the probe.

    Under pressure: David Cameron will return early from a visit to South Africa, seen here today talking to Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Johannesburg, to make a statement to Parliament about phone hacking

    Warm welcome: Mr Cameron is welcomed by South African President Jacob Zuma, in Pretoria

    In a dramatic day of developments, the news came just hours after Mr Yates 'of the Yard' became the second police chief to quit in just a day.

    His resignation came after Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson fell on his sword, taking a brutal swipe at Mr Cameron as he went.
    Forced out by his links to Neil Wallis, the police chief suggested employing the former News of the World executive as an adviser was less controversial than the Prime Minister's hiring of NotW former editor Andy Coulson.
    'Under Mr Coulson, Mr Wallis had not resigned from the News of the World or, to the best of my knowledge, been in any way associated with the original phone-hacking investigation,' he declared.
    Today Mr Cameron was forced to respond to the barb on his first day of a trade visit to South Africa as it emerged he had not even been told Sir Paul had resigned before the police chief made a television statement.

    'The situation in the Metropolitan Police Service is really quite different to the situation in the Government, not least because the issues that the Metropolitan Police are looking at, the issues around them, have had a direct bearing on public confidence in the police inquiry into the News of the World - and indeed into the police themselves,' Mr Cameron said.

    'For my part what I would say is that we have taken very decisive action. We have set up a judicial inquiry that can look at all aspects of these issues.
    'We have helped to ensure a large and properly resourced police investigation that can get to the bottom of what happened, and wrongdoing, and we have pretty much demonstrated complete transparency in terms of media contact.'

    Until recently John Yates, seen above making his resignation speech today, was seen as a safe pair of hands at Scotland Yard during his 30 years in the force, a ‘clever copper’ with a record of investigating high-profile and controversial cases.

    The former public schoolboy was made Assistant Commissioner in December 2006 with a wide portfolio covering police complaints, intelligence, legal matters and high profile investigations.

    The crucial field of counter-terrorism was added to the list two years ago – boosting his already-high profile following a probe into internal police corruption and including the successful prosecution of Lord Archer for perjury in the 1990s.

    Mr Yates, who was educated at Marlborough College before attending university at King's College London, led the 2007 abortive 19-month ‘cash-for-peerages’ probe that cost the Met £773,000.

    He was also at the centre of the row over the 2005 shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes and handled the failed 2002 prosecution of royal butler Paul Burrell.

    But his decision in July 2009 not launch a new investigation into claims that hundreds of people had their phones hacked by the News of the World was the one which ultimately came back to haunt him.

    The officer, who was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for his work in the Met’s response to the 2004 Asian tsunami, concluded that no additional evidence had come to light since the jailing of News of the World reporter Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire in 2007.

    Now the investigator has become the subject of an inquiry himself, choosing to resign after being told he would be suspended as his conduct was being referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

    Mr Cameron said he would be delaying parliament's summer break so he could make a statement on Wednesday.
    He has cut short his visit to Africa by around seven hours to allow himself time to prepare to address MPs.
    Instead of flying back overnight and arriving in London in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Mr Cameron will get home late tomorrow.

    He also denied that he had made an error of judgment by leaving the country amid the fast-moving events - which will see Rupert Murdoch, son James and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks make an eagerly awaited appearance before MPs tomorrow.
    Questioned by an audience at Johannesburg Stock Exchange later, Mr Cameron dodged questions over whether he had considered resigning. And in his strongest remarks on the subject so far, he said issues of 'potential police corruption' had to be addressed.
    He said: 'I feel I have been out there in Parliament and in press conferences, fully answering the questions, fully transparent, very clear about what needs to be done, making sure that Britain gets to the bottom of what has been a terrible episode in terms of what newspapers have done, hacking into private data, and also some very big questions about potential police corruption - we need to get to the bottom of those.'
    Mr Cameron was forced to deploy a raft of damage limitation after the torrid scandal - which has torn apart News International, the Metropolitan - and now threatens to engulf the government

    Back in London, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was asked if Mr Cameron should be considering his position.
    'Absolutely not,' he said. 'Of course not. Let's keep some perspective here. The fear that people have is that a criminal investigation could be jeopardised by the contact between the police and media.'
    Meanwhile, Downing Street was forced to disclose a revised list of Mr Cameron's contacts with senior media figures is being published, as there had been some 'omissions' from the version issued last week.
    These included another meeting with Ms Brooks - in addition to the five already declared - and a lunch with the BBC.

    As the crisis grew, Labour leader Ed Miliband sought to ratchet up the pressure by claiming the Prime Minister was 'hamstrung' by connections to Mr Coulson and Ms Brooks.
    He said there was a 'sharp contrast' between Sir Paul's 'honourable' decision to resign and Mr Cameron's repeated refusal to admit he made an 'error of judgment' by employing Mr Coulson.
    Mr Miliband called for the Prime Minister to 'lead a debate' on the fallout from the phone hacking scandal when the Commons sits for an extra day on Wednesday, rather than simply give a statement.
    Meanwhile his colleague shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the departures of Mr Yates and Sir Paul raised 'very serious questions for the Home Secretary and Prime Minister.

    'The Prime Minister is still refusing to answer questions or apologise for his appointment of the editor of the News of the World.

    'The judgment of the Met has been called into serious question by appointing Neil Wallis, but so has the judgment of the Prime Minister in appointing Neil Wallis' boss Andy Coulson.

    'People will look at this and think it is one rule for the police and one rule for the Prime Minister.'
    Mr Cameron had already been criticised for 'fleeing the country' at a time when his links to Murdoch's empire were under unprecedented scrutiny.
    His relationships with Brooks - who quit as News on Friday - and Coulson, one-time editor of the News Of the World and his former press chief, have been pored over intensely.
    Last night, the shock resignation of Sir Paul forced him to cut short his South Africa trip.

    Then, shortly after 2pm today, the Met put out a statement confirming that Mr Yates, who stands accused of failing to fully investigate alleged illegal activity at the News of the World, had also resigned.

    Reflective: Mr Murdoch leaves his house in Central London this morning. Alongside him are copies of the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Mail. Tomorrow, he and his son James will appear before the Parliamentary select committee for Culture, Media and Sport

    Later in the morning, Rupert's wife, Wendi, was seen arriving back at the media mogul's Central London home


    The Met's new commissioner will be Tim Godwin above, with John Yates), who took his job as acting deputy Commissioner in December 2008 when Sir Paul Stephenson was first promoted to Commissioner in 2009.
    He is credited with introducing a new forensic strategy and led a 'Safer Streets' initative that saw robbery drop by 30 per cent in three years.
    He also started a partnership with the NHS to provide support for rape victims in a non-police environment.
    Commissioner Godwin he was in the Merchant Navy for six years after leaving school at 16 and joined Sussex Police in 1981.

    In 1999 he joined the Met for South London as a Commander and was promoted as Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 2001 and a year later to Assistant Commissioner.
    He became acting Deputy Commissioner in December 2008 before taking the job permanently in July 2009.

    Meanwhile, assistant commissioner Cressida Dick (above) is popular among rank and file at Scotland Yard after officers rallied around her in the wake of the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

    Despite her role as 'decision maker' on the day firearms officers gunned down the innocent Brazilian she has enjoyed a meteoric rise to become the force's most senior woman.

    The Oxford-born officer joined the Metropolitan Police in 1983 and served as a constable, sergeant and inspector before transferring to Thames Valley Police until 2001.

    She was promoted to deputy assistant commissioner before becoming the first female assistant commissioner in 2009.

    The Assistant Commissioner had been told he would be suspended when the Met board met later today. In the event, he acted first and quit.
    'As I have said very recently, it is a matter of great personal regret that those potentially affected by phone hacking were not dealt with appropriately,' he said.

    'Sadly, there continues to be a huge amount of inaccurate, ill-informed and on occasion downright malicious gossip published about me personally. This has the potential to be a significant distraction in my current role as the national lead for counter-terrorism.
    'I see no prospect of this improving in the coming weeks and months as we approach one of the most important events in the history of the Metropolitan Police Service, the 2012 Olympic Games.
    'It is a matter of great personal frustration that despite my efforts, on a number of occasions, to explain the true facts surrounding my role in these matters since 2009, there remains confusion about what exactly took place.
    'I have acted with complete integrity and my conscience is clear.

    'I look forward to the future judge-led inquiry where my role will be examined in a proper and calmer environment and where my actions will be judged on the evidence rather than on innuendo and speculation, as they are at present.'

    In a short statement the Met said: 'Assistant Commissioner John Yates has this afternoon indicated his intention to resign to the Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). This has been accepted.

    Mr Yates was understood to have been told he would be suspended by police regulators within half an hour of taking the decision to resign.
    A number of matters - including one involving Mr Yates - have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a Metropolitan Police Authority statement said.
    Mr Yates was told he would face action after 'lengthy and careful deliberations' by the MPA this morning.
    'Suspension is not a disciplinary sanction and it is emphasised that suspension should not be taken as a presumption of guilt,' the MPA statement said.
    Mr Yates has also been called back to Parliament to 'clarify' some of the answers he gave during a committee meeting last week.
    London Mayor Boris Johnson confirmed that Deputy Commissioner Tim Godwin would run Scotland Yard until Sir Paul's replacement is appointed.
    He said: 'Whatever mistakes may have been made at any level in the police service, now is the time to clear them up.
    'Now is the time to get to the bottom of all these questions and give a new commissioner plenty of time to get his or her feet under the desk, build on the outstanding work of these two men and make London ever safer in the run-up to the Olympic Games.
    Mr Johnson batted off a question from about whether the PM should also resign for hiring Coulson as Downing Street communications chief.
    He said: 'This is a matter you must frankly direct to Number 10 Downing Street, and I suggest you ask them.'
    The mayor said it was right for both Sir Paul and Mr Yates to stand down.

    'I believe that both decisions are regrettable but I would say that in both cases the right call has been made.
    'There is absolutely nothing that has been proven against the probity or the professionalism of either man.
    'I want to pay the fullest and most generous tribute possible to the work of John Yates, who I think by common consent has done a quite remarkable job in this city in leading the fight against terror,' he added.

    'Millions of Londoners are safer thanks to the efforts of him and of his team.'

    Dee Doocey, a member of the MPA, said that Mr Yates's resignation was long overdue after his 'monumental error of judgment' surrounding the phone hacking investigation.

    The Liberal Democrat City Hall spokesman on policing attacked Mr Yates for spending 'just eight hours reviewing 11,000 pages of evidence within which were buried details of the most heinous crimes'
    She added: 'Literally hundreds of victims of phone hacking were failed and his resignation is long overdue. He made a monumental error of judgment which rendered his position untenable.
    'We now need to restore public trust in the Met. Our emphasis should be on stabilising the Met in advance of the Olympics and establishing a sound practice for the future.'
    In the interim, Mr Yates will be replaced as the Met's head of counter-terrorism by Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who is highly regarded in New Scotland Yard but controversial for her command role in the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
    Mr Johnson praised Mr Yates's contribution to protecting London from the threat of terrorism.
    Hacking suspect: Neil Wallis, pictured here leaving Hammersmith police station after being grilled by detectives on Thursday, worked as a PR at Champneys and was a £1,000-per-day Met Police consultant
    'I want to pay the fullest and most generous tribute possible to the work of John Yates, who I think by common consent has done a quite remarkable job in this city in leading the fight against terror,' he said.
    'Millions of Londoners are safer thanks to the efforts of him and of his team.'
    Home Secretary Theresa May said: 'I have been informed that Assistant Commissioner John Yates has tendered his resignation.

    Shares in News Corp today fell further as the reverberations from the phone hacking scandal continued to spook the markets.
    Prices in New York fell by 4.3 per cent while shares in Sydney dropped by 7.6 per cent, hitting a two-year low.

    'I want to put on record my gratitude to John Yates for the work that he has done, while I have been Home Secretary, to develop and improve counter-terrorism policing in London and indeed across the UK.'
    In 2009, Mr Yates had carried out a one-day review that concluded there was no cause to reopen the original 2006 hacking investigation.
    Later that year he served on the committee that vetted Mr Wallis for the media adviser contract.
    Accosted by journalists this morning, the assistant commissioner insisted he had done nothing wrong, urging them: 'Give me a break.'
    Mr Yates joins a growing list of victims of the controversy, including Mr Coulson, News Corp veteran Les Hinton, Ms Brooks and the 168-year-old News of the World as well as Sir Paul Stephenson.

    Announcing his resignation yesterday, Sir Paul said: 'I have taken this decision as a consequence of the ongoing speculation and accusations relating to the Met's links with News International at a senior level and in particular in relation to Mr Neil Wallis who, as you know, was arrested in connection with Operation Weeting last week.'
    Sir Paul insisted his integrity was intact despite criticism for hiring Mr Wallis as a PR consultant before the former tabloid executive was arrested for alleged mobile phone interception.
    The pressure intensified over the weekend after it emerged he accepted thousands of pounds-worth of free accommodation at a luxury health spa, which was also represented by Mr Wallis.
    A number of people have resigned from their jobs or have been sacked as the phone-hacking scandal has evolved.

    Former News of the World (NOTW) editor and communications chief for Downing Street, Mr Coulson gave up both jobs over phone-hacking allegations.

    He resigned from his tabloid top job in 2007, saying he deeply regretted that royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had intercepted messages left on royal aides' phones.
    In January this year he left his role as director of communications for David Cameron. Mr Coulson said the drip-drip of claims about illegal eavesdropping under his NOTW editorship was making his job impossible.

    Quit: Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, both former editors of The Sun, have resigned over the phone hacking scandal


    The chief executive of News International was initially determined to hang on to her job despite the explosive allegations of phone hacking surrounding the company.
    But pressure mounted as many people, including the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, called for her to go, and the Prime Minister told the Commons that her previous offer to resign should have been accepted.

    On Friday Ms Brooks sent a message to all News international staff saying her presence was 'detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problems of the past' and she was leaving her role.

    The chief executive officer of Dow Jones and Co, and publisher of the Wall Street Journal, was a News Corporation veteran.

    He was head of News International from 1995 to 2007, a period in which the News of the World was allegedly hacking phones.
    On Friday night he said that the pain caused to 'innocent people' by intrusion into their privacy was 'unimaginable' and announced that he had quit.
    Driven away: Sir Paul left Scotland Yard in a black Range Rover after refusing to answer questions from the media

    The Met chief announced his resignation yesterday after coming under increasing pressure over alleged inappropriate links between the force and News International.

    Former NOTW executive editor Neil Wallis was employed by the Met as a PR consultant before being arrested for alleged mobile phone interception.

    Sir Paul had also accepted thousands of pounds-worth of free accommodation at a luxury health spa.
    Insisting his integrity is intact, he said: 'I have taken this decision as a consequence of the ongoing speculation and accusations relating to the Met's links with News International at a senior level.'


    Today the Scotland Yard assistant commissioner told Metropolitan Police Authority chairman Kit Malthouse that he was standing down.

    He came under scrutiny over his decision in 2009 that there was no need to reopen the Met's investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World. He was also on the committee that vetted Mr Wallis for the media adviser contract.
    Gone: Tom Crone, legal manager of News International, has also resigned

    He was the senior lawyer who vetted stories for the NOTW for more than 20 years. Mr Crone either left his job as legal manager at News International on July 13, or was asked to leave the role. The media giant would not confirm which.

    Mr Edmondson was sacked as assistant editor (news) at NOTW in January.

    He had been suspended the previous month over allegations linking him to interception of the voicemails of actors Sienna Miller and Jude Law.

    The former NOTW royal editor was sacked in 2007 after being jailed for four months for hacking into messages on royal aides' phones.

    He, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, hacked into more than 600 messages on the aides' mobile phones.

    John Yates quits: David Cameron in crisis as 4 police chiefs face phone hacking inquiry | Mail Online

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    Shit is going down! It's sad if that guy killed himself, which seems likely to me.

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    The PM isn't happy? How much was he aware of before this hit?

    Revealed: Cameron's 26 meetings in 15 months with Murdoch chiefs

    By Oliver Wright and Nigel Morris
    Saturday, 16 July 2011

    The scale of private links between David Cameron and News International was exposed for the first time last night, with the Prime Minister shown to have met Rupert Murdoch's executives on no fewer than 26 occasions in just over a year since he entered Downing Street.

    Rebekah Brooks, who resigned yesterday as chief executive of Mr Murdoch's Wapping titles over the escalating scandal, is the only person Mr Cameron has invited twice to Chequers, a privilege not extended even to the most senior members of his Cabinet. James Murdoch, News Corp's chairmanin Europe and the man responsible for pushing through the BSkyB bid, was a guest at the Prime Minister's official country residence eight months ago.

    And the former NOTW editor Andy Coulson – who was arrested this week in connection with police corruption and phone hacking – was invited by Mr Cameron to spend a private weekend at Chequers as recently as March
    No 10 bowed to pressure over Mr Cameron's handling of the phone-hacking scandal last night and released details of all his contacts with senior staff at the company since he became Prime Minister. Mr Cameron has held more than twice the number of meetings with Murdoch executives as he has with any other media organisation. There were two "social" meetings between Mr Cameron and Ms Brooks, one of which was also attended by James Murdoch, and in return they invited the Prime Minister to a succession of parties. Mr Cameron and Ms Brooks, who are neighbours in West Oxfordshire, met over Christmas – including a get-together on Boxing Day – just days after Vince Cable was relieved of responsibility for deciding the fate of News Corp's BSkyB bid. Downing Street has always refused to discuss what they talked about, but officials insist that the subject of the BSkyB takeover was never raised.

    While James Murdoch met Mr Cameron twice over the period, on both occasions he avoided the spotlight of Downing Street. That was not a qualm shared by his father, who was invited to visit Mr Cameron at Downing Street days after the general election.

    The list does not include telephone conversations between Mr Cameron and editors and executives. Such a log could be potentially even more revealing as it could be compared with key decisions being made by the Government over the BSkyB deal and other major policy initiatives.

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister, when asked about the Chequers hospitality extended to Mr Coulson, said: "The invitation was to thank him for all his work – it was in the capacity of a friend. He is a friend, he remains a friend." Downing Street insisted that the release of the documents signalled their intent to introduce transparency in the dealings between senior politicians and the media.

    But the Labour MP Paul Farrelly, who will question the Murdochs as part of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee meeting on Tuesday, said the meetings demonstrated the unhealthy ties with the Murdoch organisation.
    The document reveals that since May 2011 Mr Cameron had 15 private meetings with News International executives and editors.

    In addition he attended three parties held by News International in the past 14 months and attended five events organised by the company. In contrast he met executives from Associated Newspapers, which owns the Daily Mail, only four times, Guardian Newspapers twice, and The Independent and Standard three times. One of those meetings was with the proprietor of The Independent, Evgeny Lebedev.

    After News International, the most meetings took place with the Telegraph group, who met Mr Cameron seven times since May. Nick Clegg also released a list of his meetings with newspaper proprietors and editors last night. It showed he had met Mr Lebedev four times since last May. At News International, Mr Clegg met Ms Brooks twice and Mr Murdoch once.

    Legal chief bows out with a threat
    *A former senior legal manager at News International has threatened to speak out against his former employers if they "screw" him. Tom Crone, who left the company on Wednesday and has intimate knowledge of the company, said that while he did not intend to say anything "explosive," that might change "if they completely screw me over".
    Revealed: Cameron's 26 meetings in 15 months with Murdoch chiefs - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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    This is some seriously fucked up shit.
    Baby, by the time you have kids and they're in school, no one will care about you.

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    You can't make this up LOL - Brooks husband tries to reclaim a bag that contains a laptop/papers and then says its not his after it was dumped at a bin near a carpark.

    Police examine bag found in bin near Rebekah Brooks's home | Media | The Guardian

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    Now that Murdoch's ethics are finally seeing the light of day, it's time to look at this again.

    Jan 10 2008 12:00am EDT
    Fox News Knocks Down 'Brain Room' Claim

    Has Roger Ailes been keeping tabs on your phone calls? A disgrunted former Fox News producer claims he has the capability thanks to a secret "brain room" that the network uses for "counterintelligence and black ops."
    Actually, "disgruntled" is an understatement. Dan Cooper, who was fired from the Rupert Murdoch-owned channel shortly after its 1996 launch, has an ax the size of Paul Bunyan's to grind. And grind it he does in a blog post that Jossip says doubles as a book proposal.
    Potentially the most explosive among Cooper's many lurid claims, assuming anyone believes them, arises from his account of how his agent, Richard Leibner, dropped him as a client. Leibner did so, asserts Cooper, under pressure from Ailes, who had discovered that Cooper was an anonymous source for a New York magazine story about him, written by ex-Republican David Brock.
    And how did Ailes learn that?
    Certainly Brock didn't tell him. Of course. Fox News had gotten Brock's telephone records from the phone company, and my phone number was on the list. Deep in the bowels of 1211 Avenue of the Americas, News Corporation's New York headquarters, was what Roger called The Brain Room. Most people thought it was simply the research department of Fox News. But unlike virtually everybody else, because I had to design and build the Brain Room, I knew it also housed a counterintelligence and black ops office. So accessing phone records was easy pie.
    A Fox News spokeswoman says there's no truth to the claim that the network has the capability to snoop through phone records. As for the part about Ailes's arm-twisting, I'm still waiting to hear back from Leibner.
    UPDATE, 6:43 p.m.: Leibner says it's "not true" and that he didn't fire Cooper as a client.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    have they hacked his voicemail yet?
    It won't be long.

    Anonymous Hackers Deface The Sun Newspaper To Declare Murdoch Dead, Claim Stolen Emails

    The hacker collective Anonymous, it seems, plans to teach News Corp. a thing or two about hacking.
    Just a day after the arrest of Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of New Corp.’s British subsidiary and editor of its The Sun newspaper for phone hacking charges, Anonymous hackers took credit Monday for defacing the paper’s website to redirect to a fake homepage (archived here) that claimed its owner, News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch, had died of a drug overdose.
    Worse may be ahead for the The Sun than mere graffiti: A hacker who goes by the handle Sabu claims that Anonymous has also accessed The Sun‘s and defunct sister paper News Of The World’s emails, and may release them in coming days. “Sun/News of the world OWNED,” he writes. “We’re sitting on their emails. Press release tomorrow.”
    Sabu and other Anonymous-related twitter feeds followed by twittering email addresses and passwords for Rebekah Brooks and Bill Akass, an editor who has held positions at The Sun and News of the World, and Danny Rogers, currently online editor at The Sun.
    “We have owned Sun/News of the World,” added a tweet from LulzSec, the hacker group that went on a hacking spree targeting the CIA, Sony and PBS earlier this year only to supposedly disband last month. “That story is simply phase 1 – expect the lulz to flow in coming days.”
    In another message, Sabu seemed to dedicate the attack to Sean Hoare, a former entertainment reporter for the News of the World who acted as a whistleblower in the paper’s hacking scandal and was found dead Monday without explanation. “RIP Sean Hoare, a pioneer of #hackgateSean Hoare, a pioneer of #hackgate,” Sabu wrote.
    A cartoon included on the parody of The Sun’s homepage included references to accessing the site through a “buggy Web app” that ran software and hardware, ironically, from Oracle-owned Sun Microsystems.
    The hacker Sabu has previously been tied to the Anonymous operation that spilled 71,000 emails from the security firm HBGary Federal, including a proposal that offered methods for cyberattacks and misinformation campaigns attacking WikiLeaks and its supporters as well as grassroots opponents of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In the ensuing scandal, HBGary Federal chief executive Aaron Barr resigned from the company.
    Questions are still swirling around News Corp. executives’ involvement in voicemail-hacking scheme and police bribery at News of the World, which have already led to the resignation of Rebekah Brooks prior to her arrest. If the internal communications of the paper or its fellow News Corp. tabloid The Sun are leaked as thoroughly as HBGary’s, expect the scandal to spill out even further.

    Anonymous Hackers Deface The Sun Newspaper To Declare Murdoch Dead, Claim Stolen Emails - Andy Greenberg - The Firewall - Forbes

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    Murdoch is the devil!

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