Anorak | Phone Hacking Latest News: Rebekah Brooks In Bed With David Cameron And The Police

Phone Hacking Latest News: Rebekah Brooks In Bed With David Cameron And The Police

by | 6th, July 2011

THE phone hacking scandal: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the story of Rebekah Brooks and illegality at Rupert Murdoch’s News of The World : Today we wonder if the paper spied on the familes of two young girls murdered by Ian Huntley in Soham.

Daily Star (front page): “Holly & Jessica linked to Hacking scandal”

Daily Mail (front page): “News of the world hackers ‘targeted’ the parents of Holly & Jessica”

Daily Mirror (front page): “Soham families hijacked”

Independent (front page): “Brooks contacted Dowler private detective herself”

Telegraph (front page): Hackers snooped on Soham families”

The Guardian (front page): “Police review child murders as hacking outcry escalates”

Daily Express (front page): “New outrage as Soham parents are dragged into hacking scandal”

Who else might have been spied on?

The families of victims of the 7/7 bombings have been warned that they may have been the targets of phone hacking by News of the World journalists.

The Mail is guessing. But given that Milly Dowler’s phone and those of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman’s parents might have been spied on, the idea of the NoTW snooping on the victims and relatives of those murdered on 7/7 is all too believable.


There was intense speculation that the newspaper might also have eavesdropped on Sara Payne, mother of eight-year-old Sarah, whose murder in 2000 prompted then editor Rebekah Brooks’s controversial campaign for the right to know if a paedophile is living locally…

The murder of a child was hijacked to sell newspapers? This is the NoTW , sister paper to the Sun , which made a land grab for Baby P’s grave and branded Jo Yeates with its logo. It’s been going on for years.

What will hurt the paper is losing money:

A spokesman for T-Mobile says:

“We’re currently reviewing our advertising position with News of the World, following the recent allegations, and await the outcome of the ongoing police investigation.”

Other advertisers are leaving. People are keen to distnace themselves from the stench. Prime Minister David Cameron lives near Rebekah Brooks. As he told us, Brooks is married to a very old friend of mine “. He’s called Charlie Brooks. Like Cameron, he went to Eton.

Says Cameron:

“On the question about the really appalling allegations about the telephone of Milly Dowler, if they are true, this is a truly dreadful act and a truly dreadful situation. What I have read in the papers is quite, quite shocking – that someone could do this, knowing the police were trying to find this person and trying to find out what had happened.”

Indeed it is. The matter is to debated in the Commons. Labour will seek political gain. But they should tread carefully. Although Cameron did hire Andy Coulson to be his spin doctor. That is Coulson who edited the… News of The World. The Mail notes:

Operation Weeting is mainly focused on the News of the World’s activity during 2005 and 2006, by which time Rebekah Brooks had left the paper for the Sun. But the Dowler episode, in March 2002, happened while she was editor.

That’s when Labour leader Tony Blair supported by the Sun and the NoTW was Prime Minister.

So much for journalists talking truth to power.

Who else might have been targeted?

The case of Madeleine McCann is expected to be one of the first to be re-examined by detectives from Scotland Yard’s new inquiry into the phone hacking, Operation Weeting. Clarence Mitchell, Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesman, said he has been interviewed by officers from the hacking inquiry Operation Weeting, and is due to be interviewed a second time in the near future. Other cases likely to be re-examined include 15-year-old Danielle Jones, who was abducted and murdered in East Tilbury, Essex, in 2001 by her uncle, Stuart Campbell.

Scotland Yard has seized files from Glenn Mulcaire,

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