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More News Corp. You-Know-What To Hit The Fan

Reported by Ellen - October 5, 2011 -

One of the former reporters for News of the World has threatened to spill the beans about phone hacking in his lawsuit against NOTW owner, News Corporation. (H/T Aunty Em)

The New York Times reported recently:

The reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, 49, who was the chief reporter for the now-defunct tabloid The News of the World, gave the warning in a statement issued through his lawyers in connection with his wrongful-dismissal lawsuit against News International, the British newspaper arm of Mr. Murdoch’s News Corporation. Mr. Thurlbeck was one of the first people arrested by Scotland Yard in a renewed investigation of the phone hacking this year, but he has denied publicly having played any part in the illegal interception of cellphone voicemails.

Mr. Thurlbeck remained on the News International payroll into September, when he was fired. He has accused the company of having unfairly dismissed him for being a whistleblower. In his statement on Friday, he suggested that both sides “retain a dignified silence until we meet face to face in a public tribunal,” a hearing on his suit.

“There is so much I could have said publicly to the detriment of News International but so far have chosen not to,” he said. “At the length, truth will out.”

Meanwhile, in other News Corp. news, the Guardian reports that there are now more than 60 claims against News Corporation's News International which was the parent company to News of the World. This is likely the tip of the iceberg, according to the Guardian:

The number and range of the claims has taken some legal observers by surprise. One source said it suggests that News International's £20m contingency fund to deal with legal claims will not be anywhere near enough to cover the final total.

One of the lawyers acting for some of the hacking victims, Mark Lewis, told Bloomberg News: "So far, fewer than 5% of the victims of Glenn Mulcaire have been notified.

"He was just one agent used by one paper. When the final tally takes place, we will see thousands of claims and more than one paper."

If you've been thinking that this scandal is reminiscent of Watergate, you're not the only one. Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward, thinks so, too. Another Guardian article reported:

Carl Bernstein said that the two events were "shattering cultural moments of huge consequence that are going to be with us for generations" and that both were "about corruption at the highest levels, about the corruption of the process of a free society".

The American reporter, speaking at an event in London organised by the Guardian, specifically likened Rupert Murdoch, the NoW's proprietor, to the ousted US president (Richard Nixon) in his relation to criminal acts and alleged criminal acts conducted by their respective employees and subordinates.




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