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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Former Murdoch Aides Charged With Bribery

Yesterday the NY Times ran a suck up piece about Rupert Murdoch that said, essentially, the News Corporation hacking scandal fall-out is over, Rupert is back with his old mojo and all is right in News Corp Land.

Today news broke that Rupert's top former aides in his British newspaper empire were charged with bribery charges related to the hacking scandal:

 LONDON — In a dramatic new turn in the scandals swirling around Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper outpost, prosecutors said on Tuesday that two former top executives — Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks — will be charged with making corrupt payments to public officials along with an an array of previous accusations.

 The development has far-reaching implications for Prime Minister David Cameron, who hired Mr. Coulson, a former editor of The News of the World tabloid, as his director of communications while in opposition and kept him on after coming to power in the 2010 elections. The Labour opposition has frequently accused the prime minister of showing poor judgment. 

The Crown Prosecution Service said on Tuesday that Mr. Coulson and Ms. Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, the British newspaper subsidiary of Mr. Murdoch’s News Corporation, were among five people who should be charged as part of a police inquiry called Operation Elveden. The investigation ran in parallel with other investigations related to a phone hacking scandal that led to the closing of The News of the World. 

Among the five were Clive Goodman, a former royal correspondent at The News of the World, who served a brief jail term in 2007 for hacking into voice mail accounts in the royal household.

So much of the hacking scandal being over.

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