Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, faces being questioned under police caution over her role in the phone hacking scandal which brought down the News of the World.
Mrs Brooks, who was said to have twice offered to resign and twice been refused, will be asked to explain what she knew about the hacking of mobile phones belonging to celebrities, victims of crime, terrorism and even relatives of soldiers killed in action.
Senior executives at News International are understood to have been warned by the Metropolitan Police that their chief executive will be expected to present herself at a London police station to give a full account of the extent of her actions during the period from 2000 to 2003 when she was editor of the now disgraced paper.
Mrs Brooks will also be asked to clarify whether she authorised payments to police officers in return for information.
"We’ve been told that Rebekah will be questioned by the police in connection with their inquiries over the conspiracy to hack phones and making payments to officers. There has been contact from the police to prepare the company for this," a senior News International source said.
"There is a lot of anger here that she has seemed to be untouched by the fallout that is seeing good, innocent journalists lose their jobs, but it was always going to be a matter of time before the police turned to her."
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I have never bought this paper, although I have used it to wrap things n when moving thanks to the lovely old fellow up the road who gave me a whole stack of them. So it has had it's uses. I do feel sorry for the people who aren't involved directly in this who are going to find them selves made redundant. It's a shame they couldn't get together and start their own thing as a co-operative with no input from indecently large corporation.
The only reason that Murdoch and his henches are getting away with this is because they have money and more dirt hidden away on everybody who is in the public arena. Perhaps he'll fall of a boat somewhere..........which would be another coincidence......ans the initials R M .....
I expect they'll all be applying for legal aid when the time comes.....
I do feel sorry for the people who aren't involved directly in this who are going to find them selves made redundant.
They'll be fine - they've been telling us for years how the unemployed live in 5 bedroom mansions.
Corrupt, corrupt from the bottom to the top
And you tell me it's the law
On the news they said that The News Of The Worlds was a news paper. I always thought it was soft porn?
So now NotW is gone, the News International bid for the whole of BSkyB has been withdrawn and the Murdochs have agreed to present themselves before the relevant Select Committee next Tuesday, is anyone prepared to guess what will happen next?
Will another mighty Xanadu fall? :p
Feds getting involved as well.Quote
The FBI is investigating reports that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation sought to hack the phones of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, reports say.
Reports of a criminal probe come as a growing group of senators and a senior Republican congressman have called for an investigation.
An FBI official told the BBC that reports of probe were "credible".
An FBI inquiry would be the first sign the phone hacking scandal has crossed the Atlantic, analysts say.
News Corporation is the parent company of News International, the UK firm at the centre of a growing scandal.
Yes, I think that apart from the select committee appearances and any further phonehacking victims being identified, much of the running will come from investigations in the US.
But this is the tip of the iceberg -- Murdoch is a global problem. He's famous for dictating editorial positions to his papers. He corrupts and controls democracies by pushing politicians to back his extremist ideas on war, torture and a host of other planetary ills, and destroying careers with smear campaigns unless they do his bidding. In the US, he helped elect George W. Bush and has most of the Republican presidential candidates on his payroll (see sources). His Fox News Network spread lies to promote the war in Iraq, pushed resentment of Muslims and immigrants and spawned the right-wing tea party. Maybe worst of all, he has helped block critical global action on climate change.
Can't wait. If they turn out to have done the same things in the US that they did here, the mauling he's getting in Britain will pale into insignificance.
Bribery, illegal wiretapping, interference in a murder investigation, political blackmail, and rampant disregard for both the truth and basic decency. The behavior of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in Britain has shocked even his closest allies and cynical British journalists. The Murdoch empire is falling apart—criminal behavior and disregard for basic ethics having permeated its highest ranks. News Corp. executives' claims of a full and thorough investigation and that there were only a few bad apples have been exposed as feeble and false. The pseudo-investigations conducted by Scotland Yard are likewise proving to be corrupt and unreliable. Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron's government is running for cover, but it cannot escape the untoward relationship that it had with Murdoch.Quote
Much more importantly, the facts already pretty well established in Britain indicate violations of American law, in particular a law called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Justice Department has been going out of its way to undertake FCPA prosecutions and investigations in recent years, and the News Corp. case presents a pretty simple test for Attorney General Eric Holder: If the department fails to open an immediate investigation into News Corp.'s violations of the FCPA, there will have been a major breach of enforcement at Justice. Having failed to pursue Wall Street with any apparent vigor, this is an opportunity for the Justice Department to show it can flex its muscles at the right moment. While one must always be cautious in seeking government investigation of the media for the obvious First Amendment concerns, this is not actually an investigation of the media, but an investigation of criminal acts undertaken by those masquerading as members of the media.
Nothing to add to the discussion as everything I would have said has been said already. But I thought I would share Jon Stewart's reactions on hearing what the NotW got up too.... pure comedy gold!