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.


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.


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.