The criminal phone hacking trial of people connected with Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid is continuing in England. Yesterday, a Detective Constable testified that hundreds of attempts to hack into the aides of the three British princes' telephones had been made by the defendants.
From CNN International:
Several hundred attempts were made to hack the cellphones of aides to princes Charles, William and Harry, the trial of two of Rupert Murdoch's former senior executives has heard.
A News International "private wire" -- which routed desk-based landlines through a mobile phone number -- was used 296 times by News International private investigator Glenn Mulcaire in an attempt to access phone messages of Mark Dyer, the heir to the UK throne's private secretary, Detective Constable Richard Fitzgerald told the Old Bailey court on Thursday.
And between October 2005 and August 2006 there were 416 attempts to hack the voicemail of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, private secretary to princes William and Harry.
The defendants include Murdoch's former protegé, Rebekah Brooks, and Andy Coulson, who moved on from News Corp. to became Prime Minister David Cameron's director of communications. As I wrote in a previous post, the case may well expose a disturbingly cozy relationship between News Corporation, politicians and police. Whether Murdoch has staunched the bleeding and inoculated himself from further damage remains to be seen.
We hope they sing like a canary and take you down as well.
Ruthless is a control freak, and that mindset is passed down to News Corporation’s properties.
NOTE TO RUTHLESS