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More Murdoch phone fun

by ceebs Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 09:45:03 PM EST

At the end of last week, the Commons Home affairs committeehad a meeting to update itself on where we are at with the Murdoch investigations of Operations Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta. DAC Sue Akers turned up as we have seen in   ericlewis0 diary

Its generally considered that this appearance by Sue Akers was her worst appearance before any of the several comities or Inquiry, seeming to be short on knowledge of related investigations and the related numbers. This was in marked difference to earlier appearances where she has seemed thoroughly on top of her brief.  

As with other days where the police have appeared under pressure they have responded by announcing that there is some positive action. Normally this has happened the weekend before  a segment of the  Leveson Inquiry has commenced  (The look over here we're actualy doing something strategy)

So today an anouncement has slipped out that further  files have been passed to the CPS,

 CPS gets new files from investigations into alleged phone hacking | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Scotland Yard has referred new files in relation to seven individuals, including four journalists, to the Crown Prosecution Service for charging advice following investigations into alleged phone hacking and illegal payment to police and other public officials.

The latest referrals all took place in August, but have not been publicised by the Metropolitan police.

Now it normally takes about three weeks for a file to be handed in to decisions be made  so we should be due decisions in the next couple of weeks, as  the files were handed over some time over a week ago

Interesting bits in the article,

 1) Another person is linked to the perverting the course of Justice surrounding  Rebekah Brooks

  1. the further charges of two members of the public in respect to operation Weeting is to do with money Laundering. This suggests that payment for stories that were the result of  phone hacking may have been routed through third parties.
  2. the police are beginning to provide files from Elveden evidence, covering payments between Journalists and Public Officials, this appears to mainly concentrate on a second Murdoch newspaper.

And then today a second story came out

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh sues News International and the Sun | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Siobhain McDonagh, a Labour MP, has launched a legal action against News International and the Sun in relation to the theft of her mobile phone and is seeking damages for alleged invasion of privacy and breach of confidence.

The claim, which was lodged with the high court on 6 September, comes two months after a Sun journalist was arrested and bailed by officers working on Operation Tuleta, Scotland Yard's investigation into computer hacking and other invasions of privacy.

The 35-year-old Sun journalist was arrested on suspicion of "handling stolen goods" in July in relation to a reported phone call from a member of the public who believed they had an MP's mobile phone.

This is the first civil case to add detail to the Operation Tuleta phone theft strand, taking the case in a whole new direction that could potentially be very interesting

News Corp info prompts prison officer arrest - Press Gazette

A prison officer has been arrested at his home in Northampton by detectives investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

The 31-year-old was held on Tuesday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and misconduct in a public office.

He is the 44th person to be arrested as part of the inquiry, called Operation Elveden, which is being run alongside investigations into phone-hacking and other alleged privacy breaches.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 07:10:17 AM EST
I'm beginning to get the impression that the ptb are beginning to find all of the investigations just a bit tiresome.

Last week the Independent, normally on the right side with regard to the balance of power between citizens and powerful vested interests had a long whine about the preliminary consultation paper on the results from the Leveson inquiry (still not publicly available). Mainly the same old canard about free press protecting democracy which the Murdochs etc waved around whenever they were busted on some new invasion of privacy atrocity.

nobody has gone to jail, Murdoch is still free and I get the impression that everything is now being dragged out so that we forget all about it and the establishment can go back to their normal behaviour

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 09:02:52 AM EST
Murdoch is innocent of everything.

Regrettable criminal actions by underlings, etc.

As I've suggested before, if someone - hypothetically - collected enough personal information about politicians, they'd be in a position to suggest that certain facts about their private lives might be shared in the public interest if said politicians were ever to disagree with that someone in a hypothetical way.

Obviously this has nothing to do with Murdoch, who I'm sure is entirely disconnected from anything that ever happened at any of his newspapers.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 09:29:00 AM EST
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There are a variety of press watercooler stories that cover things that might fit that description.

All of them extremely libelous

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 11:48:50 AM EST
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That is highly likely the reason J. Edgar Hoover died in office.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 01:31:08 AM EST
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Tangent - but I needed to say this:

It would be nice if Kelvin Mackenzie were to be seriously questioned about his Hillsborough actions the next time the BBC or some other idiotic broadcaster puts him on TV.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 11:09:42 AM EST
He'll probably ay he was only obeying orders. But he's such a self-satisfied sneering shit he'll probably say he still thinks it was true

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 12:00:21 PM EST
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Well he's appologised in a statement, but it's too little too late

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 01:41:34 PM EST
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