News International is a criminal organization

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    News International papers targeted Gordon Brown

    Newspapers obtained details from the former prime minister's bank account and legal file and his family's medical records


    Journalists from across News International repeatedly targeted the former prime minister Gordon Brown, attempting to access his voicemail and obtaining information from his bank account and legal file as well as his family's medical records.

    There is also evidence that a private investigator used a serving police officer to trawl the police national computer for information about him. That investigator also targeted another Labour MP who was the subject of hostile inquiries by the News of the World, but it is not confirmed whether News International was specifically involved in trawling police computers for information on Brown.

    Separately, Brown's tax paperwork was taken from his accountant's office apparently by hacking into the firm's computer. This was passed to another newspaper.

    Brown was targeted during a period of more than 10 years, both as chancellor of the exchequer and as prime minister. Some of the activity clearly was illegal. Other incidents breached his privacy but not the law. An investigation by the Guardian has found that:

    • Scotland Yard has discovered references to Brown and his wife, Sarah, in paperwork seized from Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who specialised in phone hacking for the News of the World.

    • Abbey National bank found evidence suggesting that a "blagger" acting for the Sunday Times on six occasions posed as Brown and gained details from his account.

    • London lawyers Allen & Overy were tricked into handing over details from his file by a conman working for the Sunday Times.

    • Details from his infant son's medical records were obtained by the Sun, who published a story about the child's serious illness.

    Brown joins a long list of Labour politicians who are known to have been targeted by private investigators working for News International, including the former prime minister Tony Blair and his media adviser Alastair Campbell, the former deputy prime minister John Prescott and his political adviser Joan Hammell, Peter Mandelson as trade secretary, Jack Straw and David Blunkett as home secretaries, Tessa Jowell as media secretary and her special adviser Bill Bush, and Chris Bryant as minister for Europe.

    The sheer scale of the data assault on Brown is unusual, with evidence of attempts to obtain his legal, financial, tax, medical and police records as well as to listen to his voicemail. All of these incidents are linked to media organisations. In many cases, there is evidence of a link to News International.






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    Does the American left think it can eliminate FOX news by making crazy assumptions about a UK tabloid? Bring it on. Lock up every sleazy UK operative who evesdropped on innocent people's phone calls but while you are at it you might want to research the democrat party operatives who intercepted Newt Gingrich's cell phone conversations and turned over the tape to a democrat senator.
     
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    It's not crazy, the allegations have been bubbling around for a couple of years.

    What is crazy is the left wing's desperate desire to make this about Fox, which it is not. There is no evidence to suggest, or even hint, that Fox have broken any US law.
     
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    Why the outrage about the UK's peculiar privacy laws when the democrat party evesdropped on Speaker Gringich cell phone conversation and the perps got a slap and a laugh?
     
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    Show me where the OP talks about FOX, idiot.
     
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    Didn't. But we all know where this is going.

    And.... no one's been found guilty yet.... so announcing that they are a 'criminal organization' is a tad premature. We usually wait for a trial, and conviction, before we make pronouncements. At least, those of us who maintain an ability to think logically and await evidence do that.
     
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    Here's the deal A-hole. We can argue about agenda and motivation. Why so much concern about a UK tabloid when American political operatives were given a slap on the wrist for doing the same thing to the Speaker of the House?
     
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    Oh, so you're a mind reader now? You know what they say about people who assume, don't you?

    You remain a partisan hack.


    Read the rest of the article, moron.

    And by your logic, everyone should STFU about Obama being a Socialist and Marxist - it's premature, since he hasn't done anything Marxist or Socialist.
     
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    It's not just a UK tabloid, dope. Don't you read? Or are you just spending your time here, spouting and spewing?

    It has now spread to Murdoch's other papers, The Sun and the Sunday Times. And, as another thread states, they were hacking 9/11 victims' families phones, also. So that brings it home to the U.S.


    Where's your Gingrich link?
     

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