It gets much much worse

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 pm, July 5th, 2011 - 14 comments
Categories: Media, Spying, uk politics - Tags:

New revelations out today that hacker Glenn Mulcaire who bugged celebrity phones for Murdoch’s News of the World also hacked into the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler after she went missing. NoW journalists deleted messages which gave Milly’s parents false hope that Milly might be alive. This happened when Rebekah Brooks, friend of David Cameron was the paper’s editor, and Andy Coulson, later Cameron’s communications director was deputy editor. This won’t stay under the carpet.

14 comments on “It gets much much worse”

  1. The Murdoch newspapers have a habit of getting out of things like this by virtue of an open cheque book. Hopefully this will be the one that nails them.
    Thankfully NZ elections are not determined (I think) by the editors of newspapers.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Thankfully NZ elections are not determined (I think) by the editors of newspapers.

      “Determined” is probably the wrong word.

      “Influenced” by the MSM by up to a 3%-4% swing, almost definitely.

      • rosy 1.1.1

        Yeah the celebrities are settling out of court, but this one with any luck will go all the way so the UK can finally see what the chain of command is. Unbelievable that the sale of BSkyB to Murdoch is still progressing with this stuff going on.

  2. Lanthanide 2

    Your link to the “bugged celebrity phones” is evidently an admin/author login for The Standard, so you might want to fix that.

    [Cheers, fixed – Ed]

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      The link that appears for the summary of this article on the main page is still pointing to the author/admin login.

      [lprent: Fixed. I just remove them because if people are interested enough to click them then they should look at our post first. I should write a plugin to the effect. ]

  3. Daveo 3

    This guy nails it:

    “I consider this story sinister down to the last detail. Not just the hacking of Milly Dowler’s voicemails; not just listening in to every word spoken by a distressed relative; not just deleting messages when the inbox was full, to make space for more messages; but actually profiting from the brief moment of false hope when people thought that Milly Dowler must have deleted the messages herself and thus be alive, by sending hacks round to conduct an exclusive interview with the unaware family about their hopes. In a depraved way, they circled around the vulnerable, knowingly, cynically awaiting a moment of weakness, brazenly bleeding them dry when the opportunity presented itself, creating some of the torment that they then exploited. “

  4. And as reported in The Sun
    As the author puts it

    On page two opposite some tits

  5. Frank Macskasy 5


    No other word(s) fit.

    • Vicky32 5.1

      I am listening to the BBC World Service at the moment and they are talking about it. They are (rightly) enraged.

  6. Pascal's bookie 6

    The murder victim thing is awful and obscene and so on, but this might be fatal:

    What is so disturbing about this allegation is the timing of the targeting of [police Detective] Dave Cook. Because in the murder investigation [Cook] was leading, suspects in the case were private investigators who, it’s alleged, had close links to the News of the World.

    Russel Brown tweets that the twitter machine is going ballistic, here:!/search?q=%23notw

    and he’s not wrong. Crowds are being planned. People are not happy. Could be a tax funded moats style ragegasm in the making.


  7. uke 7

    In light of the Wishart book furore, seems pertinent to ask: Are any local magazine shops and bookshops going to be boycotting “News of the World”?

  8. uke 8

    New allegations have now emerged that NOTW also hacked the phones of families of the victims of the 7/7 bombings.
    “The news capped a dramatic day of unfolding developments in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
    Police officers are turning their attention to examine every high-profile case involving the murder, abduction or attack on any child since 2001 – in response to the revelation that journalists from the tabloid newspaper hacked into the voicemail messages of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler….”

  9. RobertM 10

    Rupert Murdoch is basically a supporter of the Australian convict class and its morals. To market his gutter trash papers he buys off the squireracracy and politicians like Blair who was cynical, immoral and stupid. Murdoch and his form of journalism is one of the lowest forms of life on the planet. I agree with the comments about Murdoch made by the author of the singing detective. Murdoch has destroyed any possibility of humanity towards many depressed sectors of society such as the northern englanders and the mentally ill. There are almost no words to describe the shit that is Murdoch.

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