HACKGATE DAY 209: What Newscorp companies get up to when nobody’s looking, No. 531,906.

Mangy old fox caught rummaging in garbage

Murdoch to face FBI extortion charges

I haven’t run one of these for a month or two now, as people have been finding out what Newscorp got up to here rather a lot of late. But a piece I wrote outlining the US Floorgraphics caper last month has now been picked up by quite a few news media in the States. And as forecast then, the FBI has confirmed that it has Akers of case histories and complaints to go at.

Newscorp is now to face charges that one of its subsidiaries, News America Marketing, illegally hacked the computer system of their competitor, Floorgraphics. It used the information it had gleaned to try and blackmail Floorgraphics into selling out to Newscorp. Thus Murdoch introduces yet another innovative use of media: yesterday hacking phones and bribing cops, tomorrow wholesale corporate extortion.

Talking of cop bribery, I’m told by the Slog’s overworked Washington mole that the FBI now has some solid data with which to proceed against Murdoch tabloid the New York Post, on suspicion of it having ‘maintained unhealthy relationships with New York City police officers, these relationships having allegedly involved exchanges of favors and possibly money for information’. My, doesn’t that sound familiar? It’s almost like Newscorp has a global Business Model. Perhaps that’s what Rebekah Redtop will be doing on her world tour: writing the Newscorp Global Action Manual.

Also being taken forward, I’m proud to announce, is the Slog accusation that Fox chief  and House Madperson Roger Ailes bribed an executive in the company, the book publisher Judith Regan, to lie to FBI investigators about the existence of her relationship with New York police commissioner Bernie Kerik. It now emerges that this was done in order to protect the political interests of Rudy Giuliani, then a presidential prospect. (Ailes later fired her, which was his first mistake).

As the world melts down and our cities light up, let us not forget those who have given their all to bring us illegally obtained news stories and cultures corrupted by police bribery, political ‘gifts’, drugs, extortion, threats made to legislators, salacious content, and freelance help when it comes to government vetting of their own people.

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3 thoughts on “HACKGATE DAY 209: What Newscorp companies get up to when nobody’s looking, No. 531,906.

  1. Glad you are keeping the spotlight on News America Marketing and hope other readers go to nytimes site for their 17th july 2011 article that introduces Carlucci the baseball wielding executive 1997-2005 who’s antics contributed to the company paying out $655 million in fines because of litigation.

    In classic RM fashion Carlucci was promoted to run NY Post in 2005.


  2. Many thanks for your continued efforts on this. Keep firing the silver bullets, hammering in the stakes and drowning them in holy water – maybe this time the evil b*****ds won’t get up again…

    Anyway, here is some more interesting information along the same lines from the dirty digger’s biographer :



  3. On a similar note, my email was hacked last year and emails deleted and my medical information from Mass General Hospital in Boston, MA USA was strangely left on a subway in Cambridge, MA (though even more strangely, never recovered). The latter information had been sought by my opposing solicitor, Rupert Grey, in never ending English litigation. I also received hacked emails from him last year. Is it some strange coincidence that he use to be a media partner at Farrers, solicitors to News International?

    Note to the Slog: If Rupert Grey complains about my comment, I can prove everything I say with documentary evidence. And please note that as an American citizen, my right to free speech is further protected by The Speech Act passed by the US Congress last year and signed into law by Pres Obama exactly one year ago, in reaction to English libel law.


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