Scientologist Watching Katie Holmes?


Katie Holmes fears Scientologists are spying on her after her split from Tom Cruise.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce story Sunday, saying he thinks Scientologists are “creepy” and possibly even evil.

Holmes has filed for divorce from her superstar husband Tom Cruise, ending a six-year marriage that produced one daughter and captivated celebrity watchers worldwide.

Holmes filed papers in New York City on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking sole custody of the couple’s six-year-old daughter Suri in a move that came “out of the blue” for the “Mission: Impossible” actor, said one source with knowledge of the situation.

The Sun said that mysterious men were seen monitoring the street outside her home. The actress asked aides to take photographs of the alleged spies.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce story Sunday, saying he thinks Scientologists are “creepy” and possibly even evil.

The News Corporation chief urged his Twitter followers to watch the story, which broke on Friday when Holmes announced she was filing from divorce from Hollywood A-lister Cruise, a prominent member of the Church of Scientology.

“Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people,” Murdoch said on his Twitter account, @rupertmurdoch.

The fairytale Hollywood couple’s split was revealed when Holmes’ publicist announced that the actress had filed for divorce after five years of marriage, ending an unexpected love story dogged by tabloid rumors.

A spokesman for Cruise said the “Mission Impossible” star was “deeply saddened” by the news, fueling reports that his wife’s announcement had taken him by surprise.

Speculation about why Holmes wanted out has included suggestions she was concerned that Cruise was forcing their six-year-old daughter Suri deeper into the Church of Scientology.

The TMZ celebrity news website has reported that Holmes is seeking sole custody of Suri. Citing unnamed sources, it said she feared “that Tom would drag Suri deep into the church.”

“We’re told the couple had been arguing over Suri – that she’s now of the age where Scientology becomes a significant part of her life,” it said.

Murdoch’s Scientology comment generated a surge of Twitter traffic, prompting another tweet: “Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening.

“Still stick to my story,” he added.

There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the Church of Scientology, or from publicists for Cruise or Holmes.

UK Telegraph

BOOM!!! Rupert Murdoch’s former News Corp Executive Rebekah Brooks faces Life in Jail


Former News International chief executive, her husband and four others charged in phone-hacking inquiry


Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, has been charged over allegations that she tried to conceal evidence from detectives investigating phone hacking and alleged bribes to public officials.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that Brooks, one of the most high-profile figures in the newspaper industry, would be charged with three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in July last year at the height of the police investigation.

Scotland Yard later confirmed she had been charged along with her husband, Charlie Brooks, and four others.

Brooks is accused of conspiring with others, including her husband, a racehorse trainer and friend of the prime minister, and her personal assistant, to conceal material from detectives.

Brooks and her husband were informed of the charging decision – the first since the start of the Operation Weeting phone-hacking investigation last January – when they answered their bail at a police station in London on Tuesday morning.

They are among six individuals from News International, along with the company’s head of security, Mark Hanna, to be charged over allegations that they removed material, documents and computers to hide them from officers investigating phone hacking. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life, although the average term served in prison is 10 months.

In a statement, Brooks and her husband – who are both close to David Cameron – condemned the decision made by senior lawyers and overseen by Keir Starmer QC, the director of public prosecutions.

“We deplore this weak and unjust decision after the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS,” the statement said. “We will respond later today after our return from the police station.”

The CPS chose to announce the charges against Brooks, her husband and four others in a televised statement in the interests of “transparency and accountability”.

Brooks is accused in one charge of conspiring with her PA, Cheryl Carter, to “remove seven boxes of material from the archives of News International”.

In a separate charge she is accused of conspiring with her husband, Hanna, her chauffeur and a security consultant to conceal “documents and computers” from the investigating detectives. All the offences are alleged to have taken place in July last year.

Alison Levitt QC, Starmer’s principal legal adviser, said the decision to charge six of the seven individuals arrested over the allegations came after prosecutors applied the two-stage test required of them when making charging decisions.

“I have concluded that in relation to all suspects except the seventh there is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction,” she said.

“I then considered the second stage of the test and I have concluded that a prosecution is required in the public interest in relation to each of the other six.”

Levitt said the televised statement had been made in “the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in respect of allegations that Rebekah Brooks conspired with her husband, Charles Brooks, and others to pervert the course of justice”.

She said detectives handed prosecutors a file of evidence on 27 March this year in relation to seven suspects: Brooks, her husband, Hanna, Carter, Paul Edwards who was Brooks’s chauffeur employed by News International, and Daryl Jorsling, who provided security for Brooks, supplied by News international.

The seventh suspect – who has not been named – also provided security. But Levitt said no charges were to be laid against him.

Brooks is charged on count one that between 6 July and 19 July 2011 she conspired with Charles Brooks, Carter, Hanna, Edwards, Jorsling and persons unknown to conceal material from officers of the Metropolitan Police Service.

On count two she is charged with Carter between 6 July and 9 July 2011 of conspiring together to permanently remove seven boxes of material from the archive of News International. In the third count Brooks is charged with her husband, Hanna, Edwards and Jorsling and persons unknown of conspiring together between 15 July and 19 July 2011 to conceal documents, computers and other electronic equipment from officers of the Metropolitan Police Service.

In a statement issued through her solicitor, Carter said she “vigorously denies” the charges.

Hanna said: “I have no doubt that ultimately justice will prevail and I will be totally exonerated.”

All the allegations relate to the police investigation into allegations of phone hacking and corruption of public officials in relation to the News of the World and the Sun newspapers, Levitt said.

Brooks and her husband had travelled to London from their home in Oxfordshire to answer bail following their arrest in March on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. They were informed of the decision at that meeting. They have been bailed to appear at Westminster magistrates court along with the four others on June 13.

The six people are the first to be charged as a result of the new Scotland Yard investigation into phone hacking. The inquiry is one of three linked investigations for which the Yard has budgeted £40m until 2015.

Carter was the first to be arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in January. Two months later the other suspects were arrested.

The news of the charges came as Scotland Yard announced on Tuesday that two people had been arrested in connection with alleged bribery of public officials.

A 50-year-old man who works for HM Revenue and Customs and a 43-year-old woman from the same address were arrested by officers from Operation Eleveden, the Met police operation investigating alleged bribery of public officials. The man was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and the woman on suspicion of aiding and abetting the offence.

Brooks was a high-flyer at News International. At 31, she became News of the World editor and three years later, in 2003, was given the editorship of the Sun. She was appointed chief executive of News International in 2009 before quitting in July 2011.

Days later she was arrested over alleged phone hacking and corruption offences, for which she remains on bail without charge. She was arrested again in March in connection with the separate allegation of perverting the course of justice along with her husband and others.

Charlie Brooks has been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph as well as writing a novel entitled Citizen.

Prosecutors are still considering four files of evidence – relating to at least 20 suspects – and involving allegations of phone hacking, alleged bribery of public officials and misconduct in a public office from the linked inquiries.

Starmer said he was facing “very difficult and sensitive decisions” as he predicted last month that more cases were coming his way.

Police launched Operation Weeting, the inquiry devoted specifically to phone hacking, after receiving “significant new information” from News International on 26 January last year.

Operation Elveden was launched months later following allegations that News International journalists made illegal payments to police officers.

As the inquiry escalated officers launched three related operations: the Sasha inquiry into allegations of perverting the course of justice; Kilo, an inquiry into police leaks; and Tuleta, the investigation into computer-related offences.

News International did not immediately make a statement, but confirmed that it still employed Hanna and Edwards.

A spokesman for Rebekah Brooks said she and her husband were still with police, and that the couple were likely to release a further statement on Tuesday afternoon.

The Sheriff and the Soap Star (Part 5) That Damm Video Tape!


What happens when the wife and the husband doesnt want the prosecution to use  the video tape  the wife  made to protect herself from her husband?

It’s SHOWTIME in the city by the bay.  The curtain rises today on the Best Soap Opera in Town.  The presiding judge is unknown, jury interviews should follow sometimes next week.  

Sheriff Mirkarimi,  faces a year in jail and three years probation if convicted on all charges.  Since his arrest, Mr. Mirkarimi has attended nearly every court proceeding, often escorted by his own deputies. As the sheriff sat waiting on a bench behind the defense table at his arraignment in late January, cuffed inmates wearing county-issue sweat suits filed into the courtroom for their own hearings, passing just feet away from the man who runs the jail.

On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s attorney, Lidia Stiglich moved to have the video and statements by his wife neighbors  to be excluded.

In the video, (considered to be key evidence) Eliana Lopez pointed to her arm and said, “This happened yesterday, um, the end of 2011, and this is the second time this is happening. And I tell Ross I want to work on the marriage, we need help, I have been telling him we need help, and I am going to use this just in case he wants to take Theo away from me. Because he did, he said that, that he’s very powerful, and he can, he can do it,” .

Stiglich argued in the filing that exceptions that allow for out-of-court statements by a victim — such as spontaneous statements made under duress — do not apply to Mirkarimi’s case since Lopez’s statements were made many hours after the alleged incident.

Stiglich also argued that a 45-second video recorded by neighbor Ivory Madison of Lopez talking about the incident should be inadmissible because the video was meant to be used in a custody battle, not to prove she was criminally abused.

Eliana Lopez’s attorney Paula Canny,similarly asked to have the video rule inadmissible because Lopez believed her conversations with her neighbor Madison, who is a lawyer by training and once interned at the California Supreme Court, were subject to attorney-client privilege ,even though Madison  is no longer a practicing attorney.

Remember, Lopez has denied that any domestic violence ever took place.

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News Corp descends into civil war after latest Sun arrests


Rupert Murdoch’s media empire descended into civil war yesterday as one of the Sun’s most senior journalists accused colleagues of “boasting” about the evidence they were handing to police

Trevor Kavanagh, the tabloid’s associate editor, described the arrest of Sun journalists as a “witch hunt” designed to protect the integrity of News Corporation, Mr Murdoch’s parent company in the US.

He suggested that members of the Management and Standards Committee (MSC), an internal investigatory body set up to deal with inquiries into phone hacking and police corruption, were revelling in the crisis that has engulfed Britain’s bestselling paper.

He said staff at felt “under siege” following the arrest this weekend of five more senior members of staff, and admitted: “There has never been a bigger crisis than this.”

Mr Kavanagh told BBC Radio 5 Live: “There is certainly a mood of unhappiness that the company proudly, certain parts of the company – not News International I hasten to add, not the newspaper side of the operation – are actually boasting that they are sending information to the police which will put (the arrested journalists) into police cells.”

He claimed that the evidence was “flimsy” and described the police operation, which included dawn raids, as “wildly disproportionate” to the alleged offences.

Officers are understood to have ripped up floorboards, taken door panels off cars, delved into cereal boxes and even taken children’s’ iPods as evidence.

The powerful MSC was set up last year on a mandate from Mr Murdoch in order to provide evidence to Operation Elveden, the investigation into illegal payments to officers. Its members are working independently and are trawling an archive of up to 300 million emails.

Mr Kavanagh, 69, who has worked for the Sun for almost 40 years, denounced suggestions that the committee was “draining the swamp”, telling Radio 4: “I think that’s an appalling suggestion and it is resented bitterly and deeply by those many excellent journalists who have worked loyally for the company for most of their working lives.”

He said it would be a “catastrophe” for the newspaper industry if the evidence presented so far was considered grounds for closing a publication.

“You have to wonder what is behind it all,” he added. “It is self-evident that there are people who will stop at nothing to destroy News International and they will not be satisfied until the Sun is closed. I have to tell you, that is not going to happen.”

He named Tom Watson, the Labour MP, as one person who was “out to get” the company.

On his blog yesterday, Mr Watson said: “It is News International’s behaviour that is to blame for police having to devote immense time and resources to establish the facts.

“By deliberately lying to the police and trashing evidence they have made the job far more complex and expensive than it should have been.”

He said it was “no surprise” that Mr Kavanagh would try and persuade the public that the police, “goaded by ‘witchunters’” were behaving heavy handedly.

Sources said the latest arrests marked a “tipping point” in the atmosphere among staff at the tabloid who felt that the management had “hung them out to dry”.

Further arrests are feared as the inquiry gathers pace and journalists described a “black cloud” that had settled over the newsroom.

Dominic Mohan, the editor of the Sun, yesterday complained that he was powerless to halt the actions of the MSC, when he was attacked by furious reporters in a heated meeting.

He said he could not control the committee and was not informed about their actions.

In a strongly worded column published yesterday, Kavanagh denounced the “extraordinary assumption of power” exercised by the police and said staff were being treated as “an organised gang”.

He claimed that officers had been taken off an elite anti-terror squad, working to protect the Olympics from a mass suicide attack, in order to take part in the investigation.

So far, 21 people have been arrested as part of the inquiry, which is running alongside the investigation into phone hacking, including ten current members of staff at the Sun who have all been suspended indefinitely, an Army major, a Ministry of Defence official and a serving officer from Surrey police.

Mr Murdoch is expected to fly to the UK this week to deal with the crisis and reassure staff that the newspaper’s future is safe.

BY: Victoria Ward/The Telegraph

Piers Morgan under pressure as phone-hacking scandal widens


Police inquiry could soon turn to his time as Mirror editor and his past is already under scrutiny. Can he weather the storm?

 

Can  Piers Morgan survive? It is a question his enemies and fans on both sides of the Atlantic are asking with increasing urgency. The position of the former tabloid editor turned CNN chat show host looks vulnerable as the phone-hacking scandal continues to unfold with fresh revelations almost daily.

But unlike other senior journalists caught up in the scandal, it is not Scotland Yard that has been responsible for turning up the heat on Morgan. Rather, in what his enemies might suggest is proof that there is such a thing as divine retribution, it is Morgan’s unchecked vanity. Morgan, who edited the  Daily Mirror for nearly a decade until 2004, faces questions over a series of boasts that suggest he was at the very least familiar with the practice of phone hacking.

Morgan admitted in a column for the Daily Mail in 2006 that he had heard a message left by Sir Paul McCartney on the phone of Heather Mills, then his wife, in which the former Beatle sounded “lonely, miserable and desperate”. The disclosure has prompted Mills to claim the message could have been heard only by hacking into her phone.

Certainly, Morgan appears to have known that there were people capable of hacking phones on behalf of journalists. When pressed about such activities on Desert Island Discs, Morgan claimed “a lot of it was done by third parties, rather than the staff themselves… that’s not to defend it, because obviously you were running the results of their work.”

Former Mirror business journalist James Hipwell alleges phone hacking happened regularly under Morgan. Hipwell, who sat next to the Mirror‘s showbusiness desk, said he could “name 10 people” who were phone hacking on the paper. “It was a widespread practice,” said Hipwell, who is in talks with literary agents about publishing a book on some of Fleet Street’s murkier practices. “People saw it as a bit of a game, a wheeze. It wasn’t just celebrities, it was people like PR handlers at the BBC.”

Morgan consistently denies any knowledge his paper ran stories obtained by hacking, which seems unlikely to Hipwell. “He was the beating heart of the paper, nothing happened without him knowing,” Hipwell said. “He spent a great deal of time with the showbiz desk, sitting with them as much as twice a day.”

Hipwell describes Morgan as a “good editor” who was “very supportive”. But executives on all Fleet Street titles were locked in brutal battles to bring in scoops and editors were prepared to overlook how a story was obtained if it guaranteed to make a splash. “It wasn’t just about getting one over on the celebrity but your opposite number on the Sun,” Hipwell said. “If one newspaper is doing it the others have to do it. If you don’t get stories you lose circulation.”

At the 2002 Shafta awards ceremony for showbiz reporters, Dominic Mohan of the Sun‘s Bizarre column, who is now the paper’s editor, openly joked that “Vodafone’s lack of security” was responsible for the showbusiness exclusives of his rivals on the Mirror.

Morgan seems to have revelled in the ubiquity of phone hacking, once telling BT chief executive Ben Verwaayen to start providing “better security for pin numbers for mobile phones” and urging him to tell his customers “to go and change them”.

He also told in his book, God Bless America, how Nancy Dell’Olio, former partner of the ex-England football manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, left a message on his voicemail. He wrote: “I can only hope and pray that the gutter press (ha ha) aren’t hacking into my mobile now.”

That hacking was confined to the  News of the World  (which Morgan edited from 1994-95) seems inconceivable. A revolving door that saw journalists shuttle between the Trinity Mirror and News International titles meant knowledge of the dark arts was quickly dispersed across newspapers.

Morgan also faces questions over whether his newspaper used private detectives to help reporters obtain information. In his book, The Insider, Morgan recalled how in April 2000 “someone had got hold” of Kate Winslet’s phone number, adding: “I never like to ask how.” Winslet asked Morgan: “How did you get my number? I’ve only just changed it. You’ve got to tell me, please, I am so worried now.”

Morgan also bragged that he saw off a potential legal challenge from Princess Diana’s former lover, James Hewitt. Morgan wrote that Hewitt claimed he had not been paid for his collaboration on a book. Morgan replied: “Yes you did – I saw your bank statements”. It is doubtful whether such information could have been obtained by anything other than illegal means. Hewitt is now in the process of reporting Morgan to the police, urging them to reopen an investigation into allegations surrounding the theft of his personal letters from the princess.

Trinity Mirror, meanwhile, has launched an internal review of its editorial practices and insists its reporters work within the law and the code of the Press Complaints Commission.

So far Morgan has weathered the storm. The allegations made by Mills and Hewitt have been shrugged off as both have question marks over their credibility and motivation. Hipwell was jailed for his part in a share-tipping scandal at the Mirror, which also tainted Morgan, and could be accused of having an agenda, a charge he denies.

But Morgan’s chief concern now must be that a heavyweight accuser comes forward whose claims carry more weight. Certainly there is no shortage of people who have it in for him.

One MP said “nothing would give me greater pleasure” than to see Morgan humbled. Legal sources have indicated to the Observer that lawyers working for phone-hacking victims expect to launch several claims soon that will subject Morgan’s editorship of the Mirror to greater scrutiny. Jonathan Rees, a private investigator whose name looms large in Scotland Yard’s investigations into phone-hacking and other illegal forms of interception, was also used extensively by the Mirror.

The Observer has established that the former foreign and home secretary Jack Straw has been asked by the Yard to supply lists of all the email addresses he and his family have used since the 90s, suggesting they have seen evidence he might have been a target.

Significantly, the detectives who believe Straw may have been a target are part of Operation Tuleta – which is into computer hacking – not Operation Weeting, which is into phone hacking.

Tuleta is examining the covert use of Trojan computer viruses, which allow hackers to take control of third-party computers. It is a far more costly and sophisticated form of interception than listening to voicemail and could not have been carried out by a journalist, suggesting it would have had to be sanctioned by someone in authority on a newspaper.

Straw declined to comment. But it is believed he thinks the Yard’s investigation may relate to 1997 when the Mirror ran a story about his son Will, then 17, selling a little cannabis to an undercover reporter in a sting operation that was aided by two of the teenagers’ friends who had been paid thousands of pounds by the paper. Critics said the story had been obtained by entrapment and Morgan was condemned for poor judgment and practising chequebook journalism.

Despite the criticism, his career continued to flourish, faltering only momentarily when he was sacked as Mirror editor for publishing fake photographs depicting abuse by British soldiers. Even now, with MPs suggesting he return to the UK to face questions, Morgan’s confidence appears impregnable as he regularly takes to Twitter to denounce his accusers and promote his show.

Last month, Piers Morgan Tonight recorded a 9% increase in viewing figures, up to 715,000. True, this was far down from the abnormally high 2.1m who tuned in when the series started, on the back of heavy promotion. But it is still more than would watch Morgan’s predecessor, Larry King, during his final months anchoring the show.

In this sense Morgan is unusual: he is a successful UK media export whose brash persona antagonises the US east coast elite but plays well with main street America. But some media commentators think his days are numbered.

CNN will be acutely aware that News Corp’s decision to close the News of the World came far too late to prevent immeasurable damage to Rupert Murdoch’s empire. It will not want to make the same mistake.

URGENT QUESTIONS FOR MORGAN

■ You have denied hacking a phone, ordering journalists to do so or knowingly publishing any story obtained from the hacking of a phone. Do you still stand by this claim?

 

■ Have you ever sanctioned the illegal interception/bugging of emails or phone calls either directly or via a third party?

 

■ If requested, will you appear before the Commons culture, media and sport select committee?

 

■ You heard a tape of an answerphone message left by Sir Paul McCartney to Heather Mills, then his wife: how was this obtained?

■ Did you, to her satisfaction, explain to Kate Winslet how your newspaper obtained her mobile phone number?

  Jamie Doward/uk  Guradian 

News International Hacking Scandal :Does Glenn Mulicaire know too much?


Years after Glenn Mulcaire was convicted and served prision time  for wiretaping the royal family.   News International continued to pay his legal fees.   For months reporters and bloggers all over Britain asked why?

Why should a major media corporation be offering financial support to a man who went to jail for illcit activities that, according to its recent statements, were the cause of “genine regret”” So, I ask both questions again of Rupert Murdoch’s company: are you paying Mulcaires’s legal expenses? If so, why? and I intend to go on asking them every day until we get answers.  (Roy Greenslade blog-Guardian UK-April 18,2011)

A few days after Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch were summonsed to Parliment, Mr Mulcaire’s legal payments were terminated by News International.     At the hearing Rebekah Brooks said the company entered into a control which paid the fees where he was named as a co-dependant with News International.

This contract was in violation of the editor’s code of practice:

15 Witness payments in criminal trials

i) No payment or offer of payment to a witness – or any person who may reasonably be expected to be called as a witness – should be made in any case once proceedings are active as defined by the Contempt of CourtAct 1981.  This prohibition lasts until the suspect has been freed unconditionally by police without charge or bail or the proceedings are otherwise discontinued; or has entered a guilty plea to the court; or, in the event of a not guilty plea, the court has announced its verdict. * ii) Where proceedings are not yet active but are likely and foreseeable, editors must not make or offer payment to any person who may reasonably be expected to be called as a witness, unless the information concerned ought demonstrably to be published in the public interest and there is an over-riding need to make or promise payment for this to be done; and all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure no financial dealings influence the evidence those witnesses give. In no circumstances should such payment be conditional on the outcome of a trial. * iii) Any payment or offer of payment made to a person later cited to give evidence in proceedings must be disclosed to the prosecution and defence. The witness must be advised of this requirement.

So the question is with the legal payments ending,  Can Glenn Mulicaire damage News Corporation?  Will he follow Sean Hoare?  Will he disappear?   There are many who believe Mr Mulicaire has the stuff…  Will he be called to tesifiy?

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The Unofficial (printable) Guide to News Corp The Hacking Scandal: The BEST reality show on TV !


June 17,1972 , five men were arrrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington DC.

WHAT THE DEAL?

For nearly 10 years the some employees of the newspaper ” News of the World” (NoW) has been hacking, phone calls, voicemails and other records for news..

The Royal Family, celebrities as well as families were victums.   The newspapers has paid out millions over the years.

The scandal closed down the 168 year old “News of the World” when nearly all major advertisers removed advertising.

Several people have resigned including the Commissioner of the Metropolitian Police and Britain’s most senior police office, Sir Paul Stephanson.

ITS IS BRITISH MATTER WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

The parallels to Watergate  makes its interesting.   Like Watergate, a lackey blew the whistle, so far ten people have been arrested.   The scandal could effect the political future of the Prime Minister     The erupting scandal has revealed a cozy relationship between British police and the press. Paul Stephenson, who resigned as London’s police commissioner, told lawmakers that 10 of the Metropolitan Police’s 45 press officers used to work for News International.

There are rumor this company may have hacked into voicemail the victims of 911 s  and finally, the owner of  News Corporation  is  Billionare Rupert Murdoch, the owner of   News Corporation(headquarted in New York City) controls 70% of Australias news as well as New York Post, Wall Street Journal and Fox news the and News Corporation is  center of this firestorm.

Karl Grossman, a professor of journalism at State University of New York assused Murdoch of building the most “dishonest,unprincipled and corrupt “ meida empire in history and “making a travesty of what journalism is supposed to be about

It is reported in the last few days his empire has lost 750 million dollars.

KEY FIGURES

Rebekah Brooks,the former chief excutive of News International quit on July 15.    In October 2006, the then editor of the Sun, Rebekah Brooks, contacted the Browns to tell them that the paper had learned that their four-month-old son Fraser had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and tried to convice Former prime minister Gordon Brown not to spoil the newspapers exclusive story by announcing it himself first.   On July 17,  Ms Brooks was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communication and on suspicion of corruption.

Prime Minister David Cameron ,hired Andy Coulson as his communications chief,Cameron said that he had been given no “actionable information”, and he had accepted Coulson’s assurances that he knew nothing of phone hacking during his editorship between 2003 and 2007.  The Prime Minister was forced to explain on Friday why No 10 ignored a warning before the general election that his communications chief, Andy Coulson, had employed a freelance private detective with a long track record of corruption who was at the time facing a murder charge.  After a blistering grilling in the House of Commons, 07/20 the Prime Minister said in hindsight, he would not have brought Andy Coulson into 10 Downing Street (Britians White House)

Andy Coulson, was former cheif at News of the World.  Mr Coulson’s former colleque Sean Hoare told the New York Times in September 2010. Mr Coulson “actively encouraged phone hacking”.   Andy Coulson has resigned twice from the news, the second time was after the royal hacking affair where members of the royal family were hacked.  Coulson quit his position as David Cameron’s communications director in January   On July 8 Coulson was arressted for “conspiring to intercept communications”

Tom Crone News International’s legal manager . Tom Crone left the company on 13 July.As part of his role at the publisher, Crone had served as the News of the World’s chief lawyer and gave evidence before parliamentary committees stating that he had uncovered no evidence of phone hacking beyond the criminal offences committed by the royal editor Clive Goodman. He maintains that he did not see an internal report suggesting that phone hacking at the paper reached more widely than Goodman

 News of the world royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire where arrested in August of 2006.  The arrest were the result of an investigation following the publication of an article in Novemember of 05, where Goodman claimed that Prince Willaim was in the process of borrowing a portable editing suite from ITV royal corrspondent Tom Bradley.  After the publication,Prince William and Tom Bradley met to tried to figure out how the details of their arrangement had been leaked. In January of 07. Goodman was jailed for four months.  His associate and private investor Glenn Mulcaire, whom the newspaper had paid for his work.  Mulcaire was jailed for six months.   Goodman was fired and sued the company.  Goodman said  the practice of phone hacking was widespread at the newspaper group.  News International settled with  Goodman and Mulcaire out of court.

Les Hinton resigned July 15 as the chief executive of the News Corporation subsidiary Dow Jones & Company.  Hinton had served as chief executive of News International between 1997, and 2005. He had previously told parliamentary committees that there was “never any evidence” of phone hacking beyond the case of Clive Goodman. In his resignation announcement, Hinton said that he was not told of “evidence that wrongdoing went further”, but indicated that he nevertheless felt it “proper” to resign from his position.

Sean Hoare was a show business reporter for the News of the World.   Hoare was dismissed from the newspaper for alcohol and drug problems, although he had sought treatment in the past for thes addictions.  He accused the News of the World excutives of paying police officers to locate targets of hacking by using their mobile signals in an operation called pinging, he also alleged that former editor Andy Coulson knew of the hacking and even encouraged reporters to intercept the calls of the celebrites to have exclusive stories.  Sean Hoare is considered the principle whistleblower after at 2010 interview with the New York times.  On July 18, Hoare was found dead in his home after concerns about his welfare. His death is being treated as unexplained buy they do not consider the death suspicious.

Sir Paul Stephenson, has been acting commissioner of the Metropolitan Police since the beginning of December following the resignation of Sir Ian Blair.  During the course of his career, he joined Northern Ireland’s Royal Ulster Constabulary during the Troubles. He became assistant chief constable at Merseyside police and in the summer of 2002 became chief constable of Lancashire before leaving in March 2005 to become deputy commissioner of the Met.Stephenson was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal for services to policing in May 2000 and he received a knighthood in the Queens Birthday Honours List of June 2008.  On 17 July,  Britain’s most senior police officer, announced his resignation with immediate effect. He had faced criticism for hiring former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis as an advisor and for having received free hospitality at a luxury health spa owned by a company for which Wallis also worked.Stephenson’s resignation was followed by that of  assistant commissioner John Yates on 18 July. Yates had been criticised for failing to re-open the original 2006 investigation into phone hacking at News International despite new evidence coming to light in 2009.

James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s embattled son could face criminal charges after he acknowledged approving out of court settlements to hacking victims and admitted misleading parliament, although he insisted he did not do so deliberately. Allegations that News of the World journalists also made payments to police officers could also leave Mr Murdoch exposed to prosecution in the US, where Mr Murdoch is listed as deputy chief operating officer of his father Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the parent company of paper publishers News International.Under American law, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) makes it a crime for American companies to offer corrupt payments to foreign government officials. If the allegations of payments to police officers are proven, Mr Murdoch could face an American prosecution in his role as deputy chief operating officer the US-listed News Corp. James Murdoch, repeatedly declined to provide information about  News of the World  employees who might have participated in phone hacking on grounds that disclosure would prejudice police inquiries.

In seven national newspapers July 16,  Rupert Murdochapologized to the British public for the unethical and possibly illegal activities his now-defunct Sunday tabloid News of the World carried out in the name of journalism – including charges of phone hacking and bribery of police officials. “We are sorry,” Murdoch says in full-page ads, which are scheduled to run Sunday and Monday as well. “The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account. It failed when it came to itself. We are sorry for the serious wrongdoing that occurred. We are deeply sorry for the hurt suffered by the individuals affected.” A day earlier, Murdoch met personally with the family of Milly Dowler”, the murdered British teenager whose cell phone voice mail allegedly was hacked by News of the World employees. “He apologized many times,” Mark Lewis, the Dowler family’s lawyer, told the Guardian. “I don’t think anybody could have held their head in their hands so many times.” It was a big change from just days earlier, when Murdoch told the Wall Street Journal that News Corp. had handled the crisis “extremely well in every way possible,” making just “minor mistakes.”The scandal already had crossed the Atlantic with news this week that the FBI is investigating whether victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States and their families were subject to phone hacking from Murdoch’s News Corp.It’s been reported (although without proof) that a private investigator and former New York City police officer was offered payment for information about 9/11 victims.

Former executive editor of the News of the World Neil Wallis was hired by the Metropolitan Police as a consultant last year. The 60-year-old, who was Andy Coulson’s deputy at the time of the scandal, was being questioned by detectives probing the phone hacking scandal.  His company Chamy Media was paid £24,000 by the force for ‘communications advice’ in 2009 and 2010 while the force’s deputy director of public affairs was on sick leave. As part of the contract, Wallis advised the commissioner’s office, the directorate of public affairs and specialist operations.  Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has made the chair of the police authority aware of the contract, which ceased before Operation Weeting started in January this year,  he insisted he has done nothing wrong as it also emerged he has had dinner with Wallis. When asked whether he regretted his decision in 2006 to have dinner with the then deputy editor, the commissioner said he had no reason to suspect any wrongdoing.  Neal Wallis was arrested on July 14.

John Yates A senior Metropolitan Police officer was made Assistant Commissioner in December  2006 with a wide portfolio covering police complaints, intelligence, legal matters and high profile inquiries.Yates’s high profile job meant he was seldom out of the media spotlight.  His hard work was recognized when he was formally moved up from his role as Deputy Assistant Commissioner to become the Met’s fifth Assistant Commissioner – the third highest post in Britain’s largest police force.   And for a long time he was seen as a strong future contender for the top job of commissioner after a career spanning three decades at the Met.  Yates belongs to a generation of well-educated police officers who progressed by taking on tough jobs both in uniform and as a detective.   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. He 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. Despite all the recent allegations, he defended that decision last week when questioned by MPs. 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.  In his resignation speech, an emotional Mr Yates said he was stepping down due to a “huge amount of inaccurate, ill-informed and on occasion downright malicious gossip published about me personally”

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The BBC News-Q&A News of the World phone-hacking scandal

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11195407

Sources: BBC News, Huffington Post, Ximhua News Agency, Daily Mail Reporter, All Headline News, The Telegraph, UK Guardian,Wikipedia