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UK’s Guardian: News Corp. Spied On Parliamentary Committee Investigating It

Reported by Ellen - November 13, 2011 -

Yesterday, The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade visited Media Matters Radio and dropped a bit of a bombshell: That even after News Corporation’s News of the World was under investigation for phone hacking, “Every single member of the Parliamentary committee investigating this matter was followed by private eyes and/or members of staff of the newspaper and only after some of the staff protested that they didn’t want to do it, were they called off.” UPDATED

Greenslade said he had a source he could not name who came from News of the World, the now-defunct newspaper that News Corp. closed in the wake of the scandal.

Greenslade: For three days, only six, seven months ago, every single member of the Parliamentary committee investigating this matter was followed by private eyes and/or members of staff of the newspaper and only after some of the staff protested that they didn’t want to do it, were they called off. Now that goes even beyond what we previously heard.

The phone hacking scandal broke well before six or seven months ago. We reported on it as early as September 2010, e.g.

If Greenslade’s allegations are true it shows a shocking level of arrogance and disregard for individual privacy beyond what we already suspected.

11/14/11 UPDATE: An article in today's Guardian on this subject contradicted Greenslade. This article states: "(Parliamentary committee member Tom) Watson claimed the surveillance took place six months ago, but the Guardian understands it took place in mid-2009." Still, that's well after the phone hacking investigation started.

Audio via Media Matters.



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