Wed Feb 22, 2012, 12:51 PM
muriel_volestrangler (75,887 posts)
Tony Blairís Wife Cherie Sues News Corp., Convicted Phone Hacker Mulcaire
Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blairís wife Cherie sued News Corp. (NWSA) and a former private investigator who hacked into celebritiesí voice-mail messages to get stories for its now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
The lawsuit, filed yesterday against the companyís U.K. unit and Glenn Mulcaire, comes as News Corp. prepares for the first civil trial over the scandal, scheduled to start Feb. 27 in London. The company has already settled phone-hacking claims by Blairís former press chief, Alastair Campbell, and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
ďIf it is true that a former prime ministerís family have been targeted by Rupert Murdochís hackers, then it is clearly a significant moment in the scandal,Ē Tom Watson, a Labour Party lawmaker who is on a parliamentary committee investigating the scandal, said in an e-mail.
A message left with the press office of News Corp.ís U.K. unit, News International, wasnít immediately returned. Mulcaireís lawyer, Sarah Webb, didnít immediately return a call seeking comment. Full details of the suit arenít yet available.
Tony Blair is godfather to Murdoch's daughter: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14785501
Alastair Campbell: phone hacking 'possibly' revealed Cherie Blair's pregnancy (though that was first revealed by the Mirror, not a Murdoch paper)
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Wed Feb 22, 2012, 01:13 PM
gratuitous (50,726 posts)
I wonder if this has anything to do with Mr. Blair's sickening turn to sycophancy during the Bush The Stupider Years? Was he being blackmailed, or his family threatened? I wonder if the folks who pocketed so much money during those years of News Corp.'s operations will ever be called to account? Or does the Family Murdoch have enough dirt on everyone to keep themselves beyond the reach of the law?