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MURDOCH WATCH: Rebekah Brooks Arrested, and More in the Blog—Special Weekend Edition!

A new blog with frequent updates. Items and links will be added below, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog—which, by the way, continues. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book.

UPDATE: The Monday edition of this blog.

* SUNDAY *

10:45 Another pal, David Carr of NYT, rips Murdoch in tomorrow’s column, buying his way out of past legal issues, and more. He “has used blunt force spending to skate past judgment, agreeing to payments to settle legal cases and, undoubtedly more important, silence its critics.”

9:00 Our pal WLLegal tweets: “In outrageous Op-Ed defending Murdoch, WSJ says Guardian can’t criticize journalism standards bc they publish WikiLeaks on.wsj.com/nYbqSx.” But: “Here are some of many WSJ foreign policy stories citing WL cables: on.wsj.com/ooiYBL on.wsj.com/qrb4Lk on.wsj.com/pu0oBG.”

3:40 Think Progress notes that despite covering the phone hacking scandal 107 times in the past month, CNN has neglected to mention primetime host Piers Morgan (former NOTW and more) connection to the scandal.

3:05 Scotland Yard Chief Sir Paul Stephenson has resigned. In a press conference he said his position was “in danger of being eclipsed by the ongoing debate by senior officers and the media. And this can never be right.… 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.”

12:45 Amidst revelations that the Met employed the NOTW’s deputy editor to advise on PR, Home Secretary Theresa May will outline “concerns” to MPs over the relationship between News International and police Monday.

12:40 Vanity Fair’s James Wolcott writes that “if the fall of the house of Murdoch is a tragedy, it’s the feel-good tragedy of the century.”

12:35 The Sunday Times reports that Britain’s top police officer Sir Paul Stepehenson and his wife spent twenty nights at a health farm represented by phone-hacking suspect Neil Wallis. On the BBC, Nick Clegg “refused to say whether Sir Paul’s position was tenable and said he must answer ‘very fully’ on his decision to employ Mr. Wallis.”

12:30 The Daily Mail reports that Rebekah Brooks intervened to persuade David Cameron to make ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson his spin doctor” and vetoed the appointment of a former BBC journalist.

9:45 Lawyer for family of dead girl, the Dowlers, Mark Lewis tells Sky News timing of Brooks arrest “stinks.”

9:05 Updates on Brooks arrest (see below): Big concerns now that she will not appear before Parliament probe on Tuesday. And BBC guy just tweeted: “News Int sources say they had no inkling Rebekah Brooks would be arrested when discussing her resignation last week.”

8:30 Guardian news flash : Police arrest Rebekah Brooks. Arrested on “suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications + S 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1.” Sunday arrest “by appointment” very unusual. In a statement from Scotland Yard: “The MPS has this afternoon, Sunday 17 July, arrested a female in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking.

“At approximately 12.00 hrs a 43-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting [phone hacking investigation] together with officers from Operation Elveden [bribing of police officers investigation]. 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.”

8:20 Don’t miss: Hackgate, The Movie. See trailer below. With Hugh Grant as David Cameron and Colin Firth as Hugh Grant. Hillary Swank as James Murdoch. And more.

8:10 What’s Up, Murdoch? The 6 worst things to happen to Murdoch on Saturday, sez The Atlantic.

* SATURDAY *

10:30 Speaking of scandal, my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out, in print and as e-book.

10:00 The Guardian reports that “tensions at the heart of Rupert Murdoch’s empire are threatening to explode into the open amid claims that the media mogul’s children are turning on each other.”

9:10 NYT has a major story: the tentacles of the phone hacking scandal are tightening around PM Cameron after his office released information documenting the prime minister’s close ties to Murdoch company executives that continued even as the phone-hacking scandal grew.

9:00 Voldemurdoch: My associate Kevin Donohue notes—Murdoch as Voldemort! Nick Davies as Harry! The New Republic is up with a new slideshow comparing the News of the World scandal to Harry Potter.

8:30 Rend it like Beckham: now David Beckham is considering suing News International over allege phone hacking.

4:35 Telegraph reports Jude Law’s mobile phone was hacked while in USA, opening door to prosecution of Murdoch people here. “In the first specific example of a case of hacking on US soil, it has emerged that the actor and his assistant, Ben Jackson, were allegedly targeted shortly after arriving at New York’s JFK airport. Their mobile telephones were operating on American networks, meaning that regardless of where the alleged hacker was based, American law would apply. It would leave News International open to claims that it broke US federal laws and also pave the way for costly lawsuits.”

2:50 Major NYT piece by Don Van Natta on Murdoch and Scotland Yard “intertwined.” “At best, former Scotland Yard senior officers acknowledged in interviews, the police have been lazy, incompetent and too cozy with the people they should have regarded as suspects. At worst, they said, some officers might be guilty of crimes themselves.”

11:20 Rebekah of Donnybrook Farm: Reuters probes NOTW under Our Miss Brooks. “It was the kind of place you get out of and you never want to go back again.” “We used to talk to career criminals all the time. They were our sources. It was a macho thing: ‘My contact is scummier than your contact.’ It was a case of: ‘Mine’s a murderer!’ On the plus side, we always had a resident pet nutter around in case anything went wrong.”

9:40 Murdoch has fallen so low—not that he didn’t have a good start on it—that Larry Flynt is now lecturing him on morality and Wash Post is printing the op-ed. Excerpt: “No matter how offensive or distasteful some people may find Hustler magazine and my other publications, no one has appeared unwillingly in their pages. I do not create sensationalism at the expense of people living private lives. After the Watergate scandal, a new generation of reporters striving for raw, honest journalism was born. Now, Murdoch’s actions have sent us in the opposite direction. Will his alleged machinations further degrade what little faith people have in what they read in their newspapers? The print industry is already suffering economically, and any more deterioration brings newspapers and magazines closer to extinction.”

9:30 NYT’s Joe Nocera now notices “Foxification” of WSJ—and admits he was wrong about Murdoch purchase three years ago.

9:25 Like this closer: “Will the last person to leave News Corp. please turn off the lights?”

From late Friday

Like olde times: Keith Olbermann to live-cover and analyze Murdoch testimony before Parliament next Tuesday (very early morning in US).

Les Hinton’s resignation letters. Keep ‘em coming.

They Fought Law and Law Won? Jude Law, already suing NOTW over hacking, now also going after the Sun, with Murdochites promising “vigorous” defense.

Another shoe drops: top gun Les Hinton to resign, reports say.

12:15 Think Progress: Fox and Friends hosts defend bosses at News Corp., calling the phone hacking scandal “overblown” and saying “we should move on.”

12:10 The Guardian reports that Murdoch has met with the family of Milly Dowler today, apologies, over and over.

66 Years Ago Today: The Nuclear Age Arrived—and the 'Cover-up' Began

Sixty-years ago today, in the desert of New Mexico, the Nuclear Age arrived with the explosion of the first atomic device at the Trinity site. It was a success. As many know, the leader of the bomb project, J. Robert Oppenheimer was moved to quote the Gita, “I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.” Less known is that the enormous explosion and “visual” impact of the blast made him re-consider an option he had long ruled out: a demonstration shot that might inspire Japan to surrender before The Bomb was dropped over a major city. But he believed the “mechanism”—that is, the momentum—for use of the bomb was unstoppable by that point, so he said nothing.

Three weeks later, the atomic weapon was dropped over the center of the city of Hiroshima, killing 75,000 instantly (and dooming as many to death later). Three days after that a plutonium device exploded over Nagasaki, off-target, killing tens of thousands. More American POWs than Japanese military personnel were killed by the bomb in Nagasaki.

Right from start, at the Trinity test, the decades-long official cover-up of nuclear dangers began. Not surprisingly, in wartime, media coverage was blocked out and nearby residents left in the dark. But it went much beyond that: For one thing, a radioactive cloud drifted from the site, killed cattle and other animals, and possibly poisoned people, and no one was informed. And so it went, for years and years.

This policy extended to the atomic bombings of Japan, as my new book, Atomic Cover-up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made, just published yesterday, makes clear. I’ll be returning to this subject over the next few weeks, so far now I will simply direct you to a two-minute trailer (below) for the book, which unveils some of the reasons for the cover-up, including film footage suppressed by the United States for decades.

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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Friday, July 15

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print

7:00 Claim: How Wired helped “frame” Assange, based on release of full chat logs.

From late Thursday

New from Politico: The Marines’ “special inquiry” said Manning suicide watch went on too long. Commander overrode this. And: Top DOD lawyer not aware of inquiry’s finding when he said treatment of Manning complied w/all laws & regulations.

My new book raises issue of how post–World War II history might have been radically changed for the better if WikiLeaks had been around a few decades ago. New book Atomic Cover-Up just out, in print and as e-book.

Glenn Greenwald, as promised, weighs in on Wired's finally publishing the full chat logs (see below). And, as expected, he has plenty of criticism. “Now that Wired has released the full chats, I just want to highlight a few passages that they concealed, and dispassionately lay out several key facts, so that everyone can decide for themselves if Wired told the truth about their conduct and assess the journalistic propriety of it…. In sum, the full chat logs—in particular the parts Wired concealed for over a year—prove that Adrian Lamo is a serial liar whose claims are inherently unreliable. But Wired’s selective editing prevented this from being proven—served to shield from critical scrutiny the person the BBC accurately described as Poulsen’s ‘long-time associate’—and thus enabled Lamo to run around for a full year masquerading as a reliable source, making claims that were fabrications and driving much of the reporting about the Manning and WikiLeaks investigations.”

MURDOCH WATCH: The Hacking Scandal (and Beyond) Blog for Thursday

With the hacking-and-so-much-more scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s corrupt News of the World and other aspects of his empire expanding by the day, I’ve decided to launch a live blog with frequent updates on the subject. Items and links will be added below, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog—which, by the way, will somehow continue. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out with links, as is Barbara Bedway.

UPDATE: Here's the Friday edition of this blog.

5:15  Forbes with summary of day's events, including Lachlan's return.  I remember when we did cover story on him at E&P when he (briefly) tried to run the NY Post.  Then he got out.

5:00 BTW, brief trailer for my new book just posted.

3:25  The AP reports that the FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that News Corp. hacked the phones of 9/11 victims.  AP says it may have been inspired by Rep. Peter King's call yesterday.

3:20  Listen to Carl Bernstein, NYT's Roger Cohen debate Murdoch legacy on "To the Point" radio show. Cohen had written column this week defending Rupe.  

2:30  Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) — "a key member of a House oversight committee" — is the latest to call for an investigation of News Corp.

1:25 Don't miss: Roger Ebert asks, Is It A Wonderful Life? With Hugh Laurie as Murdoch and Stephen Fry as Guardian Angel Clarence. (h/t Barbara Bedway)

1:20  Cory Doctorow op-ed: Murdoch scandal must not be used to create new laws to restrain press.

1:05 In an abrupt about-face, the Murdochs now say they will testify before a Parliamentary panel investigating phone hacking. 

12:30 Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger:  Scotland Yard admits it hired Coulson's deputy Neil Wallis -arrested today - to advise top cops, includng Yates http://is.gd/ylLzJZ ."

 12:00 Good MIchael Goldfarb piece on GlobalPost on Murdoch being undone by "old-fashioned journalism."

11:05 The Daily Beast reports that the FBI for years has been reluctant to share any details about transatlantic investigations with their British counterparts out of fear it would end up on the front page of a Murdoch newspaper.  

11:00 Mother Jones: Why Congress is afraid to investigate Murdoch. 

10:40 And now a word from our sponsor: Folks, my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out today, in print http://bit.ly/mOsnyN and in various e-book forms http://amzn.to/omgBsE . Suppression of historic film footage and so much more!

10:20 BBC: Deputy PM Nick Clegg says that those who obtain personal details through deception (“blagging”) should be jailed. Two years ago Parliament failed to pass a similar law introduced by Gordon Brown’s government.

9:45 Classic, Murdoch on cover of Time (left and link).

9:40 TIm Karr at Huff Post on US impact as scandal “jumps the pond.”

9:40 Update on yestreday’s critique of CNN’s Piers Morgan (ex-NOTW), MPs calling for probe, no comment from Piers, from the inimitable Guido Fawkes.

9:35 Protest outside Murdoch’s NYC home today at midday.

9:30 Coulson’s ex-deputy just arrested.

9:25 The Guardian on legal issues and options in light of Murdochs turning away from testifying (see see below).

9:00 In change of course, both Rupert and James Murdoch now say they won’t appear before Parliament committee.

8:55 The Guardian’s fine blog for today.

1:00 Lead NYT story on “father and son” split in Murdoch family on response to crisis an dropping Sky bid for now. “The announcement is particularly fraught for James Murdoch, who ran BSkyB from 2003 to 2007. He has been the principal champion of the BSkyB purchase within the News Corporation, pressing both his father and the company’s board to go along with the deal. With BSkyB reporting to James, who runs the News Corporation’s European and Asian operations, the businesses in his portfolio would account for half of all the News Corporation’s revenue.But the revelations of phone hacking in Britain have pulled James Murdoch in deeper by the day, with questions swirling in Parliament and the British press over his role in paying settlements to victims of the hacking.”

12:00 Christopher Hitchens: it took another dog to eat Murdoch’s dog (h/t Barbara Bedway).

From late Wednesday

Brian Stelter at NYT wrap-up on how Brit scandal affecting Murdoch and company in USA now.

Two more Democratic senators (Boxer and Menendez) call for a probe into News Corp…and 9/11 families join calls.

A clip from Gordon Brown’s speech in the Commons today in which he defended his government’s media policy record—recalls Murdoch paper picturing him as Dr. Evil—and accused Cameron of being in bed with News International. The Daily Telegraph leads with “The Revenge of Brown” and the BBC notes that “there’s likely to be widespread reaction in the British media” the speech. “Law-breaking on an industrial scale…linked to underworld.”

Mike Calderone: DOJ reviewing calls for Murdoch company prosecution.

If you missed Reuters’s major retraction on News Corp. tax issues.

Pro Publica: Bancroft family says they regret ever selling the Wall Street Journal to Murdoch.

Full Guardian coverage of the day here, plus many extras (and see my earlier items below), including editor Alan Rusbridger doubting PM Cameron’s account.

The Nation presents the News of the World Murdoch scandal—in pictures! new slide show.

Right-wing Republican (and frequent Fox guest) Rep. Peter King is requesting that the FBI investigates whether Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation hacked into the voicemail accounts of September 11 victims.

This long take on Piers Morgan’s NOTW history (a former editor), friendship with Coulson, his own possible hacking background, and much more will probably surprise you. (h/t Barbara Bedway)

Pathetic state of modern media criticism: New Wash Post “critic” Erik Wemple calls “garbage”—no, “total garbage”—the suggestions that maybe there’s a problem with News Corp. and Fox outlets not covering the current scandal. He argues: oh, there are plenty of other news outlets to do that.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday—'Wired' Releases Full Manning Chat Logs, and More

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print

1:55 New from Politico: The Marines' 'special inquiry' said Manning suicide watch went on too long. Commander overrode this. And: Top DOD lawyer not aware of inquiry's finding when he said treatment of Manning complied w/all laws & regulations.

11:00 Glenn Greenwald, as promised, weighs in on Wired finally publishing the full chat logs (see below).  And, as expected, he has plenty of criticism.  "Now that Wired has released the full chats, I just want to highlight a few passages that they concealed, and dispassionately lay out several key facts, so that everyone can decide for themselves if Wired told the truth about their conduct and assess the journalistic propriety of it.... In sum, the full chat logs -- in particular the parts Wired concealed for over a year -- prove that Adrian Lamo is a serial liar whose claims are inherently unreliable.  But Wired's selective editing prevented this from being proven -- served to shield from critical scrutiny the person the BBC accurately described as Poulsen's 'long-time associate' -- and thus enabled Lamo to run around for a full year masquerading as a reliable source, making claims that were fabrications and driving much of the reporting about the Manning and WikiLeaks investigations."

From late Wednesday

And now a word from our sponsor: Folks, my new book “Atomic Cover-Up” just out today, in print http://bit.ly/mOsnyN and in various e-book forms http://amzn.to/omgBsE. If only WikiLeaks had been around when this historic film footage was suppressed—for decades. The world might be quite different.

Wired, at long last, publishes the complete Lamo-Manning chat log, fourteen months on—following on heels of New York magazine doing the same and revealing a lot of personal stuff. It clearly marks what was published and what held back, a nice service. Includes photos Manning had sent along. Getting some ink is his claim that he had “sources” at the White House and among Joint Chiefs—but on DADT, not intelligence stuff.

FDL’s Jane Hamsher’s take: “Wired originally claimed that they did not release the entire chat logs because everything they did not publish was either of a personal nature, or contained sensitive military information. That is clearly not true—most of what they did not publish fell under neither category.” Here’s BoingBoing take on what was edited out.

One thing Wired cut right from very start of chat (the part not underlined): im an army intelligence analyst, deployed to eastern baghdad, pending discharge for “adjustment disorder” in lieu of “gender identity disorder.” Also not published is Lamo advising: “I’m a journalist and a minister. You can pick either, and treat this as a confession or an interview (never to be published) & enjoy a modicum of legal protection.” Glenn Greenwald promises his own review in a few hours.

Also cut: “home was the same, alcoholic father and mother… mother was very nice, but very needy emotionally… father was very wealthy (lots of nice toys / computer stuff), but abusive.” And this: “my father in a drunken stupor got angry with me because i was doing some noisy homework while he was watching TV… he went into his bedroom, pulled out a shotgun, and chased me out of the house… the door was deadbolted, so i couldn’t get out before he caught up with me… so my mother (also wasted) threw a lamp over his head… and i proceeded to fight him, breaking his nose, and made it out of the house… my father let off one or two shots, causing damage, but injuring nobody, except for the belt lashing i got for ‘making him shoot up the house’ ….i went to school the next day, and my teachers noticed the wounds, and got social workers involved.”

Manning claims he was in London subway and heard book on “7/7” terror day. More: “im in the desert, with a bunch of hyper-masculine trigger happy ignorant rednecks as neighbors… and the only safe place i seem to have is this satellite internet connection.”

As goes along, quite a bit on gender identity and an extensive experiment in cross-dressing.

Glenn Greenwald notes: “Col Lawrence Wilkerson, a prominent Obama supporter in 2008, talks to @KeithOlbermann re Obama policy & Bradley Manning http://is.gd/Tyjp7K .”

Assange extradition hearing has concluded; decision expected in three to four weeks. Manning’s day in court: when?

Classic reporting by the Guardian just now: “Emmerson, for Assange, says of his client: ‘He’s lying beside her in a single bed, my lord. Men will get erections involuntarily during a night’s sleep. In a single bed with a man there’s a strong possibility she will come into contact with an erect penis.’ The judge replies: ‘I agree.’ The question is did she consent to his getting an erection, says Emmerson, Assange’s barrister. ‘The question is what he does with it,’ says Mr Justice Ouseley.”

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Wednesday, July 13

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print

5:30  Wired, at long last, publishes the complete Lamo-Manning chat log, 14 months on -- following on heels of New York magazine doing the same and revealing a lot of personal stuff.  It clearly marks what was published and what held back, a nice service.  Includes photos Manning had sent along.  Getting some ink is his claim that he had "sources" at the White House and among Joint Chiefs -- but on DADT not intelligence stuff.  Jane Hamsher's take:  "Wired originally claimed that they did not release the entire chat logs because everything they did not publish was either of a personal nature, or contained sensitive military information.  That is clearly not true — most of what they did not publish fell under neither category."

One thing Wired cut right from very start of chat (the part not underlined):  im an army intelligence analyst, deployed to eastern baghdad, pending discharge for “adjustment disorder” in lieu of “gender identity disorder.”   Also not published is Lamo advising: "I’m a journalist and a minister. You can pick either, and treat this as a confession or an interview (never to be published) & enjoy a modicum of legal protection."

Also  cut::  "home was the same, alcoholic father and mother… mother was very nice, but very needy emotionally… father was very wealthy (lots of nice toys / computer stuff), but abusive." And this:  "my father in a drunken stupor got angry with me because i was doing some noisy homework while he was watching TV… he went into his bedroom, pulled out a shotgun, and chased me out of the house… the door was deadbolted, so i couldn’t get out before he caught up with me… so my mother (also wasted) threw a lamp over his head… and i proceeded to fight him, breaking his nose, and made it out of the house… my father let off one or two shots, causing damage, but injuring nobody, except for the belt lashing i got for 'making him shoot up the house' ....i went to school the next day, and my teachers noticed the wounds, and got social workers involved."

Manning claims he was in London subway and heard book on "7/7" terror day.  More:  "im in the desert, with a bunch of hyper-masculine trigger happy ignorant rednecks as neighbors… and the only safe place i seem to have is this satellite internet connection."

As goes along, quite a bit on gender identity and an extensive experiment in cross-dressing.

2:15 Glenn Greenwald notes:  "Col Lawrence Wilkerson, a prominent Obama supporter in 2008, talks to @KeithOlbermann re Obama policy & Bradley Manning http://is.gd/Tyjp7K ."

1:00  Assange extradition hearing has concluded; decision expected in 3 to 4 weeks.  Manning's day in court: when? 

11:35 Classic reporting by The Guardian just now:  " Emmerson, for Assange, says of his client: 'He's lying beside her in a single bed, my lord. Men will get erections involuntarily during a night's sleep. In a single bed with a man there's a strong possibility she will come into contact with an erect penis.' The judge replies: 'I agree.'  The question is did she consent to his getting an erection, says Emmerson, Assange's barrister.  'The question is what he does with it,' says Mr Justice Ouseley." 

11:30  NYT exec editor (on the way out and now moonlighting as hack pundit) Bill Keller questions staffer Brian Stelter writing book -- just months after Bill cleaned up on article and book on WikiLeaks getting sold to movies.

10:15  Details of sex activities now very familiar from months of reporting.  But Robert Booth reports from the court just now "that the way the case is developing in Clare Montgomery's submission on behalf of the Swedish prosecution authority suggests that Julian Assange's future - freedom from house arrest or extradition for questioning - will rest on the application of the controversial and complex European arrest warrant system.  The details of the allegations in the case are vividly clear and have been rehearsed here in court four but they are not the issue the two judges are wrestling with in what often sounds like an academic comparative law exercise." 

9:25 Court back in session.  Alexi Mostrous of London Times tweets:  " A foreign reporter just got a VERY scary shock after taking photo in court. Judge made him stand, told if u do it again you go to prison."  Full summary of the day and blow-by-blow here.

8:30  Lunch break at court.

8:20  Lawyer for Sweden charges: "They [the statements] are clearly describing coercive, violent sex of the sort where the court would be entitled to infer there was no consent and Mr Assange didn't believe there was any."

8:10 Day Two so far, usual great blow-by-blow at The Guardian.  " Montgomery said earlier that the fact AA voluntarily shared a bed with Assange four days after their first encounter 'did not mean she consented' to his pressing his penis against her in that first encounter.  She tells the court that one of the alleged victims said that Assange 'preferred virgins since he was the first to impregnate them'".

"Clare Montgomery is sniping at the length of the Assange side's skeleton argument, saying: 'I lost the will to live.' Ben Emmerson QC, Assange's barrister, is not impressed."

12:00  Another summary of Assange's day in court. and new approach.  And WL Central's take.

From late Tuesday

Hearing over for the day, resumes tomorrow, full and interesting Guardian blog summary here.

The Guardian  blog: notes what seems to be common perception today:  "At the high court, Robert Booth points out how dry the Assange team are "with all this legalese about EU law" – a new tack. No more shrill claims about Assange ending up in Guantanamo."  Go to The Guadian blog for full blow-by-blow, and reporter even answered questions from readers during lunch break. 

 BTW, when is Manning's day in court?

More from Guardian blog:  "Emmerson has told the judges that the allegations against Assange cannot amount to crimes in England and therefore extradition must be blocked. The extradition order is also flawed, he says, because it seeks Assange's return to Sweden 'not for prosecution but for the purposes of an investigation' (Assange has not yet been formally charged with any offence and according to the Swedish legal system charges will only be laid after extradition and a second round of questioning)."

Murdoch Watch: The Hacking Scandal (and Beyond) Blog for Wednesday

With the hacking-and-so-much-more scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s corrupt News of the World and other aspects of his empire expanding by the day, I’ve decided to launch a live blog with frequent updates on the subject. Items and links will be added below, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog—which, by the way, will somehow continue. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out, as is Barbara Bedway.

UPDATE: The Thursday edition of this blog.

10:00  Christopher Hitchens: It took another dog to eat Murdoch’s dog (h/t Barbara Bedway). 

7:10 Brian Stelter at NYT wrap-up on how Brit scandal affecting Murdoch and company in USA now.

6:15  Two more Democratic senators (Boxer and Menendez) call for a probe into News Corp. ... and 9/11 families join calls.

6:10  A clip from Gordon Brown's  speech in the Commons today in which he defended his government's media policy record -- recalls Murdoch paper picturing him as Dr. Evil -- and accused Cameron of being in bed with News International. The Daily Telegraph leads with "The Revenge of Brown" and the BBC notes that "there's likely to be widespread reaction in the British media" the speech.   "Law-breaking on an industrial scale...linked to underworld." 

6:05  Mike Calderone: DOJ reviewing calls for Murdoch company prosecution.

6:00  If you missed Reuters' major retraction on News Corp. tax issues. 

4:25  Pro Publica:  Bancroft family says they regret ever selling the Wall Street Journal to Murdoch.

4:20 Full Guardian coverage of the day here plus many extras (and see my earlier items below), including editor Alan Rusbridger doubting PM Cameron's account.

4:10  The Nation presents the News of the World Murdoch scandal — in pictures!  new slide show.

4:05  Rightwing Republican (and frequent Fox guest) Rep. Peter King is requesting that the FBI investigates whether Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation hacked into the voicemail accounts of Sept. 11 victims.

2:35  This long take on Piers Morgan's NOTW history (a former editor), friendship with Coulson, his own possible hacking background, and much more will probably surprise you. (h/t Barbara Bedway)

2:25  Pathetic state of modern media criticism: New Wash Post "critic" Erik Wemple calls "garbage" -- no, "total garbage" --  the suggestions that maybe there's a problem with News Corp. and Fox outlets not covering the current scandal. He argues: oh, there are plenty of other news outlets to do that.

2:10  Fun fact from old pal Mike Calderone of Huff Post: Murdoch lives in 5th Ave triplex prev owned by the late Laurance Rockefeller, uncle of Senator now calling for News Corp probe.

2:00  Sen. Frank Lautenberg is asking U.S. authorities to launch a probe into News Corp.'s phone hacking activities. 

12:35 Now The Nation has assembled thirty years of coverage of Murdoch.

12:15 Murdoch, He Said: our own Don Guttenplan on today’s updates and asks, Is Sky falling on Rupe? Is it “over” for him overall?

11:20 Big NYT piece on today’s events—tops their front page of site with Murdoch snap.

11:15 Former Nation intern Nick Clegg on Murdoch dropping Sky bid for now: “This is the decent and sensible thing to do. Now that the bid has been called off and a proper inquiry set up, we have a once in a generation chance to clean up the murky underworld of the corrupted relationship between the police, politics and the press.”

11:00 How Twitter Tracked the Scandal—an analysis of half a million tweets. Makes my few dozen seem pretty paltry.

9:45 Breaking: News Corp. to withdraw bid for full Sky ownership. Share price has already dropped 2 percent today. May not be able to re-submit for six months or longer. Chase Carey, deputy chairman, president and chief operating officer, News Corporation, commented: “We believed that the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation would benefit both companies but it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate. News Corporation remains a committed long-term shareholder in BSkyB. We are proud of the success it has achieved and our contribution to it.”

9:40 Gordon Brown to speak in House of Commons in a bit, after marathon morning Cameron session.

8:30 Major developments involving PM Cameron—and British media—today, see Guardian blow-by-blow of wild question time right now. Watch live. Cameron’s full statement on inquiry. Challenges by Labour leader Millband. Much more at Guardian site on all aspects.

8:25 Bullet points at the Guardian: Cameron claims his office did not pass on warnings over Coulson… Says News Corp should concentrate on “tidying up its act”—not on mergers… Ministers should record and publish details of all their meetings with media. Murdoch “considering News International selloff.”

8:00 Major New York Times story on how the hacking scandal has raised serious questions about British PM David Cameron’s relationship with News Corp. and threatens to divide the coalition government. “Mr. Cameron,” Times writes,” has been placed in the unaccustomed position of appearing vulnerable and behind the curve.”

12:05 Politico: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) called Tuesday for the “appropriate agencies” to look into whether News Corp. has engaged in illegal activities in the United States.

12:00 News Corp.–owned Wall Street Journal reports, “The feeling among some [News Corp.] executives is, ‘If the U.K. government is going to be this vindictive, maybe we should just sell out altogether and let them see how these [newspapers] do without [us].’”

From late Tuesday

That’s a lotta D’oh: In a wonderful coincidence (we presume), the episode of The Simpsons lampooning “Fraudcast News” and Murdoch happened to air on Sky last night. Story and picture here.

ThinkProgress has launched a petition calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate News Corp.

Financial Times: Opposition Leader Ed Miliband and Deputy PM Nick Clegg “are demanding that a public inquiry into phone-hacking must go beyond Rupert Murdoch’s news empire, in a move that could expose the methods used by other parts of the newspaper industry to intense scrutiny.”

Peter Hart at FAIR points out (with transcript) that Bill O’Reilly wanted to prosecute people who hacked Palin e-mails but has so far been silent on his fellow Murdoch employees. http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4342

My associate Kevin Donohoe sends along this beauty, which involves Coulson, Brooks and… Harry Potter. And 9/11.

Not sure what this means exactly, beyond the obvious, but they are highlighting: SkyNewsBreak “Sky sources: Hacking inquiry to include relations between police & press and present & former politicians may be called under oath.”

Great background on current scandal in major NYT Magazine story last fall, don’t miss.

Latest updates: Now it turns out Murdoch may not appear before probe committee next week. Also, the Sun denies getting medical records on Gordon Brown’s son in unethical manner, claiming it came from “public” source (even if true, doesn’t explain publishing it). Top police official backs second in commands Yates, despite his admissions today on dropping inquiry. And more right up to date.

MURDOCH WATCH: Blogging the Hacking Scandal—Updated Tuesday

With the hacking-and-so-much-more scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s corrupt News of the World and other aspects of his empire expanding by the hour, I’ve decided to launch a live blog with frequent updates on the subject. Items and links will be added below, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog—which, by the way, will somehow continue, especially with the Assange court case now on. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out.

UPDATE:   Go here for the Wednesday edition of this blog.

 * TUESDAY *

6:10  That's a lotta D'oh:  In a wonderful coincidence (we presume), the episode of The Simpsons lampooning "Fraudcast News" and Murdoch happened to air on Sky last night.   Story and picture here.  And front page the Daily Mirror at left.

5:45 ThinkProgress has launched a petition calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate News. Corp.

4:45 Financial Times: Opposition Leader Ed Miliband and Deputy PM Nick Clegg "are demanding that a public inquiry into phone-hacking must go beyond Rupert Murdoch’s news empire, in a move that could expose the methods used by other parts of the newspaper industry to intense scrutiny."

4:25 Peter Hart at FAIR points out (with transcript) that Bill O'Reilly wanted to prosecute people who hacked Palin emails but has so far been silent on his fellow Murdoch employees.   http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4342

 4:00 My associate Kevin Donohoe sends along this beauty, which involves Coulson, Brooks and...Harry Potter. And 9/11.

3:45  Not sure what this means exactly, beyond the obvious, but they are highlighting:  SkyNewsBreak  "Sky sources: Hacking inquiry to include relations between police & press and present & former politicians may be called under oath."

  1:55 The Guardian now heading into the night, but NYT blog led by Robert Mackie in "The Lede"  still going strong. Includes new video.

1:50  Great background on current scandal in major NYT Magazine story last fall, don't miss.

12:50 Latest updates: Now it turns out Murdoch may NOT appear before probe committee next week. Also, The Sun denies getting medical records on Gordon Brown's son in unethical manner, claiming it came from "public" source (even if true, doesn't explain publishing it). Top police official backs second in commands Yates, despite his admissions today on dropping inquiry. And more right up to date.

12:00 The BBC reports the government will support the Labour motion calling on Murdoch to withdraw his bid BSkyB in House of Commons debate.

11:55 From WikiLeaks to the NoTW scandal, Peter Osnos writes that the Guardian is changing the way Britons see journalism.

11:05 Latest from NYT, under headline: “Gordon Brown Says Newspaper Hired Known Criminals.” Comes with great photo of a smiling Murdoch.

11:00 Latest from the Guardian just now: Scotland Yard has notified just 170 of the 4,000 suspected victims of phone hacking named in Glenn Mulcaire’s files, it has emerged.

10:30 Reuters updated piece on Murdoch maybe wanting to dump newspapers.

10:20 Only little companies pay taxes, David Cay Johnston in debut column re Murdoch.

8:45 Last night The Daily Show naturally took on the scandal and, naturally, with John Oliver. Hugh Grant depicted as moral compass.

8:20 Guardian flash: Select committee summons James and Rupert Murdoch, Brooks to give evidence next Tuesday… Details soon… Meanwhile, PM Cameron has agreed to launch two inquiries.

8:15 Roger Cohen column in NYT warns at start that it is a “defense” of Murdoch, concluding that the media mogul is “a force of nature and his restless innovations have, on balance and with caveats, been good for the media and a more open world.”

8:10 Reports: Sales of Murdoch papers slumped over the weekend in the UK. Perhaps Murdoch people will now hack NOTW now that it is dead.

8:05 Super-busy day at the Guardian: here’s the hacking scandal live-blog as they also blog the Assange appeal in court.

8:00 From today’s lenghty report in NYT: “an inquiry by The New York Times, which included interviews with two former journalists at The News of the World, has revealed the workings of the illicit cellphone tracking, which the former tabloid staffers said was known in the newsroom as ‘pinging.’ Under British law, the technology involved is restricted to law enforcement and security officials, requires case-by-case authorization, and is used mainly for high-profile criminal cases and terrorism investigations, according to a former senior Scotland Yard official who requested anonymity so as to be able to speak candidly.”

7:50 Twitterati boycott: Thousands are taking to Facebook and Twitter to call for a boycott of Murdoch’s media holdings in the UK.

1:00 With markets open in Asia, News. Corp stock has fallen more than sixty-six cents, or 4.1 percent.

12:15 After word of the hacking of Scotland Yard, our friend @WLLegal observes: “At this point, the best question might be: “Whose phones DIDN’T get hacked?”

12:10 “This is no Watergate. This is another Enron,” Forbes blogger and crisis management expert Richard Levick tells The Christian Science Monitor.

MONDAY

9:55 Our own Jonathan Schell takes an in-depth look at News Corp.’s political power and influence in a new piece at CNN.com. “The Murdochs call News Corporation a journalistic enterprise. In fact, it is, first, an entertainment company, with the bulk of its revenue coming from its film and television holdings. Second, and more importantly, it is a propaganda machine for right-wing causes and political figures.”

8:30 Is venture capitalist Thomas Perkins, a victim of corporate hacking at HP, best positioned to lead News Corps. corporate overhaul? (BTW, thanks to my Nation asst. Kevin Donohue for links today.)

8:25 The New Yorker reviews its more than thirty years of Murdoch coverage.

8:20 Our friend Brit diplomat Carne Ross tweets: “scandal exposes deep corruption of Brit politix wrought by Murdoch, but bought into by Cameron, Blair & us.”

8:15 Celebs cheer demise of Murdoch paper! Shocker! Hugh Grant, George Michael (left), Steve Coogan and unnamed thousands rejoice.

8:10 The Mirror reports that Murdoch will “ditch” his longest-serving lieutenant, New International chief Les Hinton. He has worked for Murdoch for the past fifty years.

8:00 Writing in tomorrow’s Financial Times, Phillips Stephens sums up a number of British columnists speculating on whether Murdoch can save the rest of his British papers. Huff Post writer on same topic.

6:15 Major NYT piece now: “Shortly after Scotland Yard began its initial criminal inquiry of phone hacking by The News of the World in 2006, five senior police investigators discovered that their own mobile phone messages had been targeted by the tabloid and had most likely been listened to.” This is top story on site, and second story is John Burns on British leaders urging Murdoch to drop big deal.

5:50 Our WikiLeaks blog pal @WLLegal crosses over with this tweet: “Because of US business ties, News Corp is liable under US law for bribing officials—doesn’t matter if they’re foreign http://t.co/b18MI3U.”

4:20 Major fallout: News Corp. bid for BSkyB now may not be taken until next year.

4:05 The Guardian’s main page of news items, video, etc. on phone-hacking scandal. Their live-blog (done for the day) is here.

4:00 Claim: Final News of the World sold 4.5 million copies, the most since 1998. Good riddance!

2:40 Reuters: NOTW reporters tried to pay NYC policeman for access to 9/11 records.

2:35 The Guardian: How News International targeted Gordon Brown. Including family and medical records.

2:30 What Murdoch owns—a visual.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, July 12

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print

12:30  Hearing over for the day, resumes tomorrow, full and interesting Guardian blog summary here.

10:50  Assange appeal back in session.  The Guardian  blog: notes what seems to be common perception today:  "At the high court, Robert Booth points out how dry the Assange team are "with all this legalese about EU law" – a new tack. No more shrill claims about Assange ending up in Guantanamo."  Go to The Guadian blog for full blow-by-blow, and reporter even answered questions from readers during lunch break. 

10:30  BTW, when is Manning's day in court?

8:40  Lunch break at Assange hearing.  Breakfast break here.

8:00 More from Guardian blog:  "Emmerson has told the judges that the allegations against Assange cannot amount to crimes in England and therefore extradition must be blocked. The extradition order is also flawed, he says, because it seeks Assange's return to Sweden 'not for prosecution but for the purposes of an investigation' (Assange has not yet been formally charged with any offence and according to the Swedish legal system charges will only be laid after extradition and a second round of questioning)."

7:50  @EstherAddley:  "V interesting #assange change of tack, sounds like. Concedes sex was 'disrepectful, disturbing' but they say not rape."    Assange attorey Emmerson puts it this way: "No lack of consent."

7:40 See Guardian blog (linked below) for continuing reports on day in court.  Assange attorney Emmerson basically arguing no rape and in any case not worthy of extradition.  Much graphic recounting of sex acts, although not new information, such as:  "They fell asleep and she woke up by his penetrating her. She immediately asked if he was wearing anything. He answered: 'You.' She said: 'You better not have HIV.' He said: 'Of course not.'  She may have been upset, but she clearly consented to its [the sexual encounter's] continuation and that is a central consideration."

7:30 Rumors of Anonymous hacking somehow related to today's court appeal.  Already the Associated Press  reports that hackers affiliated with Anonymous claim to have stolen tens of thousands of encrypted military passwords from US contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and posted them on the internet. 

7:00  The Guardian is live-blog covering the Assange hearing, which started a few minutes ago (though its Murdoch coverage tops their site).   New attorney Gareth Peirce, replacing Mark Stephens, as we know. John Pilger behind him in court, demonstrators outside.

From late Monday

 Elmer Fudge:  Those Swiss bank "secrets" passed to Assange with great fanfare by Rudolf Elmer turn out to be pretty much worthless (even blank) according to Reuters report.

@WikiLeaks "The Assange case will be heard by Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Ouseley in court 4, Royal Courts of Justice 10.30am July 12."  WL Central among others will be live-blogging or live-tweeting or something.

Anonymous warns ot major hacking activity in coming hours related to British NOTW scandal and/or Assange hearing tomorrow, but designs unclear.

Lengthy Democracy Now! interview today with David House, Bradley Manning friend and WikiLeaks activist. And last night via Twitter, House said he was exploring ways to set up a nonprofit to handle donations to WikiLeaks, getting around the corporate block.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Monday, July 11

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print

5:45 Elmer Fudge:  Those Swiss bank "secrets" passed to Assange with great fanfare by Rudolf Elmer turn out to be pretty much worthless (even blank) according to Reuters report.

3:15 @WikiLeaks "The Assange case will be heard by Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Ouseley in court 4, Royal Courts of Justice 10.30am July 12." 

1:15  Anonymous warns ot major hacking activity in coming hours related to British NOTW scandal and/or Assange hearing tomorrow, but designs unclear.

10:35 Lengthy Demcoracy Now! interview today with David House, Bradley Manning friend and WikiLeaks activist. And last night via Twitter, House said he was exploring ways to set up a nonprofit to handle donations to WikiLeaks, getting around the corporate block.

9:40 Pictures from that eBay auctioned lunch with Assange and Zizek. http://t.co/6c1Fmvf | http://t.co/x57si0H

9:10 As noted before, frequent updates on the Assange appeal here.

9:00 Glenn Greenwald elaborates on the Ethan McCord letter re:Manning profile (see below).

2:00 My assistant Kevin Donohoe notes: Actor Gary Oldman—who will play John Le Carre’s George Smiley in a new film—gives a nod to WikiLeaks today, telling the Daily Mail, “The idea that deception and betrayal could completely turn the British intelligence service inside out was a novelty then. Not so much today. That’s a good thing, at the end of the day. An uninformed public is bad. We should know what’s going on…. We have WikiLeaks—and the next step is that they’ll go after and expose the corporate world, and it’ll be fascinating to see how that impacts on the big corporations’ political agendas. There will always be spies. We have to have them.’

12:25 Ahead of Obama counterterrosism chief John Brennan’s meeting with injured Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, David Sanger in New York Times writes that WikiLeaks cables draw a “particularly vivid” picture of “the American dance with Mr. Saleh” before the uprisings.

12:20 Exclusive: Full text of Ethan McCord’s letter hitting New York magazine on focus of Bradley Manning profile (sent to me).

12:15 Read about or order my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print.

12:05 AFP article on Assange court appeals startin Tuesday.

12:00 Animated map of IED Attacks from #WikiLeaks Afghanistan War Logs

From late Sunday

Parenti Advisory: “Julian Assange The Great WikiLeaker” Charlie Chaplin Remix by @exiledsurfer http://t.co/Sl5dzaz

Reports on Assange 40th birthday bash still make it sound like a hoax—complete with celebs landing by copter and Brad and Angie invite? Anna Wintour? Oprah? Really?

As court awaits, Sweden vs. Assange site with more updates, including scenario for US extradition.

Michael Moore: WikiLeaks is the new “red scare”

Lengthy analysis and takedown at WL Central of that massive New York magazine Manning profile.

London Review of Books on Assange-Zizek: “beware normalization.”

Another funding appeal for Manning billboard.

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