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Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 in International, Media, Politics, Society | 1 comment

Murdoch Scandal—Even More and More Fallout: Scotland Yard Now Implicated

Following up on Holly’s “Even More Fallout: Les Hinton of WSJ Announces Resignation“:

Now, it appears that even Scotland Yard may have been in bed with those good ole Murdoch boys:

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Saturday, July 16, 2011 — 1:38 PM EDT

Taint From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard

For nearly four years, six overstuffed plastic bags* containing possible evidence of phone hacking by the British tabloid, The News of the World, collected little more than dust in the evidence room of Scotland Yard.

During that time, British police officials assured Parliament, judges, lawyers, potential hacking victims, the news media and the public that there was no evidence of widespread hacking by the paper. But that assertion has been reduced to tatters in the last week, torn apart by an avalanche of contradictory evidence, admissions by newspaper executives that the hacking was more widespread, and a reversal by police officials who now admit to mishandling the case.

In an article in the Sunday New York Times, Don Van Natta Jr. explains how the British police agency and News International, the British subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and the publisher of The News of the World, became so intertwined that they shared the goal of containing the investigation.

Read (much) more here

* According to the New York Times:

Inside was a treasure-trove of evidence: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes listing nearly 4,000 celebrities, politicians, sports stars, police officials and crime victims whose phones may have been hacked by The News of the World, a now defunct British tabloid newspaper.