Coverage of the corruption allegations in the UK media is, perhaps understandably, sparse this morning. The following comes from the IHT:
In another blow to Mr. Murdoch, related this time to The News of the World, a lawyer for the Leveson Inquiry said Rebekah Brooks, a former Murdoch executive, was apparently informed by the police in 2006 that detectives had evidence that the cellphones of dozens of celebrities, politicians and sports figures had been illegally hacked by an investigator working for the newspaper.
The disclosure, contained in a September 2006 e-mail from a company lawyer to the editor of The News of the World, Andy Coulson, is highly significant. Until late in 2010, Ms. Brooks, Mr. Coulson and other officials at News International, the British newspaper arm of News Corporation, repeatedly asserted that the hacking had been limited to a single “rogue reporter” — the paper’s royal correspondent, Clive Goodman. The assertion was rendered implausible, at best, by the fact that the police had information that so many hacking victims existed, and that so few of them had anything to do with the royal family.
Monday’s disclosures could not have come at a more inopportune time for Mr. Murdoch. In recent weeks, morale at The Sun hit a low point after a number of senior editors and reporters were arrested on suspicion of illegally paying sources.
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Britain's leaders will eventually have to face up to and account for, ALL the implications of the Murdoch empire's involvement in Britain's power structures and politics, not least with the presence in Downing Street of Andy Coulson during the opening stages of the present administration by this Coalition Government.
The hacking of supposed celebrities was the means to obtain the circulation which was required to obtain the power which was exercised to contol the British political process. That point will have to be eventually addressed!
Labels: Andy Coulson, Corruption, Murdoch