The Official Newscorp/UK end of season finale/Rebekah Brooks did 9/11 thread

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Really worried that this whole death-of-News Corp business will be nothing more than a massive anti-climax. If there's one aspect that's guaranteed to endure it's the revelation of just how many hooks that bastard's got into govt etc. Thank christ Miliband has got some guts.

Gary Barlow syndrome (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 17 July 2011 09:51 (six years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/Idnup.jpg

TORY B

‘Wore a dog-collar for his whippings, but a nice guy’

A married man, tipped for a prime role in any future Tory government. Natalie claims she had five cocaine-fuelled sessions with Tory B, who got his kicks from being whipped while in a dog’s collar.

She said: “I really fancied him when we first met at the home of one of his friends. At first he had no idea what I did for a living, but his wife kept giving me the evil eye. Then one day his friend let slip what I actually did and he booked me for a session.

“A lot of the men I meet are cold and uninteresting, but he had a good soul. But he would soon go off on a rant as soon as anyone mentioned politics. He was very critical of William Hague, the Tory leader at the time. He said after hoovering up a line of coke ‘I’ll be Prime Minister one day’ and I joked, ‘And I’ll have all the evidence on you.’

“He paid me £360 plus pop, which means he had to pay for cocaine on top.”

http://imgur.com/4JZkx

James Mitchell, Sunday, 17 July 2011 10:19 (six years ago) Permalink

A lot of the men I meet are cold and uninteresting, but he had a good soul.

So it wasn't Osborne then? Sounds like Dave but he wouldn't do this to the fragrant Sam...

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Sunday, 17 July 2011 11:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Tories will be launching a full internal inquiry if it turns out somebody with a soul's infiltrated the party.

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 17 July 2011 11:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Yes, that's where the story breaks down

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Sunday, 17 July 2011 11:37 (six years ago) Permalink

"police arrest 42 year old woman"; i wondered if that was brooks, but she's 43

Aa Bb Obscure Dull Blue (#000066) (schlump), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:11 (six years ago) Permalink

oh, no, guardian says believed to be her

Aa Bb Obscure Dull Blue (#000066) (schlump), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:12 (six years ago) Permalink

met has corrected its statement: 43yo. lol she lied about her age to the desk sergeant.

joe, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:16 (six years ago) Permalink

http://twitter.com/#!/BreakingNews/statuses/92569755323600896

"Sources tell Sky that Rebekah Brooks has been arrested as part of phone hacking investigation"

max, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:25 (six years ago) Permalink

LOL xp

MY WEEDS STRONG BLUD.mp3 (nakhchivan), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:31 (six years ago) Permalink

met has corrected its statement: 43yo. lol she lied about her age to the desk sergeant.

or they just got it wrong lol.

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:35 (six years ago) Permalink

tweetminster

Rebekah Brooks is being held on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications & corruption allegations - Sky News #notw #phonehacking
2 minutes ago via TweetDeck

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:35 (six years ago) Permalink

or they just got it wrong lol.

― lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 13:35 (40 seconds ago)

print the legend, it's the news int way

MY WEEDS STRONG BLUD.mp3 (nakhchivan), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:36 (six years ago) Permalink

cover up the truth, it's the met police way

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:37 (six years ago) Permalink

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said "At approximately 12.00 hrs a 43-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting together with officers from Operation Elveden. She is currently in custody.

"She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

"It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details regarding these cases at this time."

James Mitchell, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:37 (six years ago) Permalink

before it gets lost under all the brooks stuff, & w/apologies for continuing to just c+p from the guardian liveblog verbatim, i thought this was interesting:

Just 24 hours before news broke that Milly Dowler's mobile had been hacked, Elisabeth Murdoch and her husband Matthew Freud hosted a gathering of the UK's political and media elite at their Costwolds mansion. According to The Mail on Sunday, Guests included Peter Mandelson, the BBC's Mark Thompson and Robert Peston, Labour MP David Miliband, Conservative education secretary Michael Gove, Tory policy guru Steve Hilton, his wife, Google communications chief Rachel Whetstone, Rebekah Brooks and James Murdoch.

like so much of what's fascinating about this (to me, dilettante) is getting a window into the texture of the whole world these people occupied, how often they lunched & fraternised. & d miliband & brooks & the murdochs hanging out just seems like such a fucking underworld, like seriously when i imagine this soiree it is happening in the batcave, it is intriguing to me.

Aa Bb Obscure Dull Blue (#000066) (schlump), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:38 (six years ago) Permalink

conspiring to intercept communications

is this the same charge everyone else is under, & what phone-hacking is categorised as btw? i just wondered if it might refer to one of the other supposed offences

Aa Bb Obscure Dull Blue (#000066) (schlump), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:40 (six years ago) Permalink

like so much of what's fascinating about this (to me, dilettante) is getting a window into the texture of the whole world these people occupied, how often they lunched & fraternised. & d miliband & brooks & the murdochs hanging out just seems like such a fucking underworld, like seriously when i imagine this soiree it is happening in the batcave, it is intriguing to me.

it's def something which i want to see more analysis of, because in one sense it's like - duh, of course they're friends. why wouldn't they be? it's natural to socialise with people you meet in your professional life. it's natural for networking to elide with actual friendship among people who have similar interests and personalities. that's not a grand conspiracy, everyone does it. but riven through it are all these deeply gory interpersonal details (eg brooks and the browns) and the sense of having to navigate this minefield of fake friendship even amid the real frienships...it reminds me of, like, a medieval royal court or something.

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:44 (six years ago) Permalink

really wonder how the crisis would have been different if david milliband was the opposition leader, as ed has been so aggressive in all of this.

also wonder if rebekah has been arrested so she doesn't have to go in front of the commons committee on tuesday.

prolego, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:47 (six years ago) Permalink

She'll be out in time to go to the HCMS committee. Coulson was out after a long day of being held.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:52 (six years ago) Permalink

it'll provide her with an "ongoing police matter" out for every question though :/

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:53 (six years ago) Permalink

They all need to go under oath on Tuesday.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:58 (six years ago) Permalink

mps will probably use some unused powers dating back to the 14th century to drag her from jail to get her to that committee if they have to.

prolego, Sunday, 17 July 2011 13:42 (six years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/U3uc6.png

James Mitchell, Sunday, 17 July 2011 14:46 (six years ago) Permalink

wtf

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 17 July 2011 14:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh FFS. Which news outlet is that?

emil.y, Sunday, 17 July 2011 15:09 (six years ago) Permalink

Yahoo! News

James Mitchell, Sunday, 17 July 2011 15:27 (six years ago) Permalink

Yahoo News seem to have a general problem with justification of images in their rolling news bits...decapitations are common.

One Big Craigo, Full Of Bad Boingos (Craigo Boingo), Sunday, 17 July 2011 15:44 (six years ago) Permalink

oh if only

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 17 July 2011 15:47 (six years ago) Permalink

HEH

One Big Craigo, Full Of Bad Boingos (Craigo Boingo), Sunday, 17 July 2011 16:20 (six years ago) Permalink

A+

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 17 July 2011 16:30 (six years ago) Permalink

18.20 Channel 4 is reporting that the Serious Fraud Office is now involved in the investigation of News International

Can UK folks tell me what this means in terms of ratcheting up pressure? Is this an SEC equivalent?

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 July 2011 17:24 (six years ago) Permalink

lol that sounds so fake

J0rdan S., Sunday, 17 July 2011 17:29 (six years ago) Permalink

Fraud, For Serious

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 July 2011 17:29 (six years ago) Permalink

Some followup:

18.23 Tom Watson MP apparently wrote to the SFO to ask them investigate whether management had failed in its responsibilities to share holders. The SFO won't confirm or deny its investigation and News International are saying they've had no contact from investigators.

18.27 Channel 4 seems to be slightly back tracking now, stressing that the SFO aren't necessarily investigating but they have been asked to.

So who knows.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 July 2011 17:30 (six years ago) Permalink

lol i thought the serious fraud office had been shut down

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 17:56 (six years ago) Permalink

@rblandford: Mick Hucknall arrested by accident.

bernerrrrr! berrrrrnowwww.... (Eazy), Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Sir Paul Stephenson has just resigned.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:33 (six years ago) Permalink

ooh, any indication why?

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:36 (six years ago) Permalink

these girls fall like dominoes...

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:36 (six years ago) Permalink

ooh, any indication why?

― textbook blows on the head (dowd), Sunday, July 17, 2011 7:36 PM (31 seconds ago) Bookmark

loool

so brycey (history mayne), Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Can we place bets on the next resignation?

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:38 (six years ago) Permalink

So how long until Yates goes, at this rate...

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Stephenson just now:

I have this afternoon informed the Home Secretary and the Mayor of my intention to resign as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.
I have taken this decision as a consequence of the ongoing speculation and accusations relating to the Met's links with News International at a senior level and in particular in relation to Mr Neil Wallis who as you know was arrested in connection with Operation Weeting last week.
I had no knowledge of, or involvement in, the original investigation into phone hacking in 2006 that successfully led to the conviction and imprisonment of two men. I had no reason to believe this was anything other than a successful investigation. I was unaware that there were any other documents in our possession of the nature that have now emerged.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

murdoch minor then cameron please

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

xpost "Basically, I suck."

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

wow

prolego, Sunday, 17 July 2011 18:45 (six years ago) Permalink


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