After months of denials and attempting to put its finger in the bursting dyke of revelations about its corrupt journalistic methods, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has reportedly come clean about its treatment of celebrities and ordinary people caught up in the news.
Victim’s lawyers say it has admitted it hacked phones, and it was not a one-man operation but that top executives were involved, who also destroyed evidence and lied to investigators.
The admission has come to 26 individuals who are currently suing News Corp’s British operation.
From film stars to politicians to families grieving at sudden deaths or children’s disappearances, no-one was safe from News Corp snooping. Police say there might be as many as 6,000 victims. After this admission, they might be thinking of suing, too.
“News International has been lying for year after year and finally they are beginning now to let us see the hem of the truth. But it’s pretty clear to me from the admissions that they made in court today that there are more people going to prison in the end,” said Labour MP Chris Bryant.
Owner Rupert Murdoch and his son James previously told a parliamentary commission they had no idea what was going on. The News of the World has already gone and the Murdoch empire could now suffer further damage.