August 16 UPDATE: A former News of the World reporter has alleged that there was a massive cover-up of phone hacking at the paper. Details here.
July 19 UPDATE: Sean Hoare, the whistleblower to this whole phone hacking scandal, was found dead in his apartment earlier this week.
July 18 UPDATE: Britain's second-highest cop, police commissioner John Yates has resigned because of his refusal to investigate phone hacking in 2009.
July 17 SECOND UPDATE: Late today Britain's top police chief quit in the face of allegations that police officers had accepted money from Murdoch's News of the World paper and not done enough to investigate hacking charges that surfaced as far back as 2005. This has apparently been going on for a long time and the corruption runs deep. More info here from Reuters.
July 17 UPDATE: Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch's former British CEO, has been arrested in London.
July 15 SECOND UPDATE: Another major player in Rupert's criminal corporation resigns... From the Associated Press:
LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch accepted the resignation of The Wall Street Journal's publisher and the chief of his British operations on Friday as the once-defiant media mogul struggled to control an escalating phone hacking scandal with apologies to the public and the family of a murdered schoolgirl.
July 15 UPDATE: Murdoch's Chief Executive of News Corp, Rebekah Brooks, has resigned as of this morning.
July 14 UPDATE: The FBI has begun an investigation on Murdoch and News Corp's alleged hacking of the phones of 9/11 victims. Several prominent politicians, including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), have called for investigations into News Corp. activities to see if any U.S. laws were broken by the company. As of today 9 arrests have been made.
The world is caving in around Rupert Murdock. And it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
It all started in England when Prince William dealt with a knee injury. Information from his phone conversations with his doctor, which no one else knew about, mysteriously appeared in Rupert's News of the World tabloid. This started an investigation called for by Buckingham Palace and continued by The Guardian, a well-respected British newspaper.
Turns out the voice mails of 4,000 private citizens were hacked by Rupert's minions -- including home and mobile phones. Members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, even a 13 year old girl who disappeared were hacked. Rupert's minions hacked the girl's phone and listened to cries of appeal from her parents. When voice mail messages were full, these scumbags deleted them to make room for more. This led police to believe the girl was listening to, and deleting, her messages. Eventually they found her dead body.
So in addition to the criminal activity of hacking into 4,000 private phones, they interfered with the investigation of a homicide.
Scumbag Murdoch's employees also hacked phones of deceased British soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Now it's becoming evident that he and his minions hacked into the phones of the victims of 9/11. Collusion and corruption even included top officials of Scotland Yard.
Who else has Rupert Murdoch and his band of criminals hacked in this country?
After 168 years of publishing, Rupert was forced to shut down his News of the World tabloid last weekend. The final Sunday edition was free of advertisements. Many non-profit organizations that were given the chance to run free ads in the final paper declined.
The managing editor of the News of the World tabloid is now managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, also owned by Rupert Murdoch.
A spokesperson for the family that formerly owned the Wall Street Journal has stated earlier today that they rue the day they sold their newspaper to him.
The far reaching scandal has forced Murdoch to withdraw his $12 billion bid to purchase satellite giant British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) satellite news service. He has apparently given up (for now) his obsession to completely take over the news media in Britain.
Murdoch's News Corp. is a criminal enterprise and needs to be investigated and shut down. So far 2 of his editors have been arrested. In the last several days the value of News Corp stock has dropped $10 billion. Rupert has been purchasing his own stock by the billions in order to attempt to keep the value up.
Criminal activity this widespread is systemic and cannot possibly occur without the knowledge of News Corp's top officials, including Rupert Murdoch.
The investigation is just beginning in both the US and England.
Although this story is huge, it is barely being discussed on Fox.
Excellent article here from the Washington Post.
Interesting that when Sarah Palin's email was hacked, Bill O'Reilly said "the hackers...should GO TO PRISON FOR A VERY LONG TIME." You only need watch the first 20 seconds below. Apparently hacking is a very serious crime when Fox's owner isn't the one doing it.
So let's see if I understand this. If you hack into The Quitter's email, you should "go to jail for a long time." If Fox's owner hacks into 4,000 people's phones including the Royal Family's and Gordon Brown's, it's not a story that deserves much attention from this same Fox Hole.